Lucky dive on Lanai turns up ring
GILLETTE, Wyo. » William Bundy figured he would never again see the Campbell County High School 1988 class ring he lost that year while scuba diving in Hawaii.
By Labor Day weekend, however, he expects the ring to be back on his finger.
Bundy lost the ring in 60 feet of water at some submerged caves called the Cathedral on Lanai. The caves are so named because their openings look like stained-glass windows.
"I remember going down with the ring and not remembering where I lost it at," he said.
Earlier this month, Lindsey Holt picked up a perfectly round object covered in coral on the ocean floor. Lindsey and her family, of Northbrook, Ill., are experienced divers who visited the Cathedral during a trip to Hawaii for a wedding.
Back on the surface, they used industrial-strength cleaner to remove the coral.
On one side of the ring, they saw a camel, pyramid, palm tree and what looked like an Aladdin's lamp. On the other was a scuba diver. On the top was "Campbell County High School." Underneath was the inscription, "Made exclusively for R.C. Bundy, Gillette, WY."
The information helped Lindsey's father, Rob Holt, who is a portfolio manager for J.P. Morgan, track down Bundy, who now lives in Thornton, Colo., and works for Anadarko Petroleum.
"Hi R.C., this is Rob Holt and I've got a minor surprise for you," Holt said in a message on Bundy's answering machine at work.
Holt and his daughter, who is a University of Denver sophomore studying business, both said that trying to find the ring's owner seemed like the right thing to do.
"It might mean nothing to him, but it might mean something," Lindsey Holt said. "It's a class ring. It has to mean something."