A Brazilian supermodel who lost her engagement ring on a Bermuda beach has had it returned, thanks to the assistance of David Burt.
Metal detectorist Andrew Roberts was called in, and located the massive diamond ring within minutes. Now the happy couple have rewarded Mr Roberts with an all-expenses-paid trip to New York to see a private concert starring Snoop Dogg and singer Lauryn Hill.
Natalia Borges, an international model and actress, said she lost the ring, a family heirloom, as she and husband Michael Satsky relaxed at Jobson’s Cove on South Shore.
She said: “We decided to take a swim, and to be safe, we zipped up our valuables in our backpack and unfortunately my most symbolic heirloom slipped out and fell into the fairytale-like pink sand.
“For hours we searched what felt like every grain of sand and it seemed like for ever. It started to get dark and we unwillingly had to leave.”
Mr Satsky, who is involved in the creation of a cryptocurrency business in Bermuda, contacted Mr Burt, whom he had met in connection with the island’s drive to become a hub for the sector.
The Premier leapt into action and told the couple to stand by.
He called back and told the couple he had contacted the police, who called out Mr Roberts, of metal detecting group Bermuda Diggers who promised to help.
Ms Borges said: “I was blown away by the way Mr Burt has genuinely inspired in Bermudians the practice of peace, love and ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ in such harmony.
“Mr Roberts cut his own camping vacation short and met us on Sunday morning at 8am to help us out of the goodness of his heart.”
Mr Roberts and his metal detector located the missing ring within minutes and Ms Borges was reunited with the valuable item. Ms Borges said: “I couldn’t stop crying, but with tears of joy.
“I’ve never felt so blessed in my life. I’m so honoured that the Premier helped me and treated me, a proud Brazilian, as a daughter of Bermuda.”
Ms Borges posted several pictures of her trip to Bermuda on Instagram and told her almost 73,000 followers the island was paradise.
Mr Burt could not be contacted for comment last night.
However, he posted on Twitter after the successful treasure hunt: “After helping to organise a search for missing engagement ring belonging to Michael Satsky and Natalia Borges, it was a pleasure to take them on a tour of the Cabinet Office.
“Thanks to all those that helped in finding their ring and making their #Bermudaholiday more memorable.”
Mr Roberts said the couple were so grateful, they are to fly him to New York on US Independence Day for the concert featuring Snoop Dogg and Ms Hill.
He added: “She didn’t want to say how much the ring was worth, but it was certainly extravagant. It was a family heirloom from his grandmother, I believe.
“As soon as she saw it, she started crying. It was so emotional, I felt like I was about to cry myself. “When I saw how big the ring was, I was surprised. It’s the biggest thing in monetary value I’ve ever found.”
Mr Roberts, who has been called out before to locate lost valuables, added: “The couple were very lucky. The ring was up against a cliff, it was dry sand and there was no storm surge or anything like that. It was pretty easy to find.”
He added: “I’ve been asked to do this kind of thing a couple of times. But it’s the first time I’ve ever been contacted with a request from the Premier. It was a bit of a surprise.”