Missing Rolex Watch Was 20 Feet Underwater, Florida Sheriff Says


The missing watch was found about 20 feet below the surface, Florida officials said.

Screenshot of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

A man’s precious Rolex fell into a Florida creek – then divers found a shiny surprise deep below the surface.

The $16,000 wristwatch “always checked” when the crew pulled him out of the water on Wednesday, June 22, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said an older man was at Sixmile Creek when the strap of his heritage watch broke, sending him plunging into the water. The man was ‘begging’ for someone to help him get it – so the sheriff’s office said his dive team had come up with a plan.

“As the team was already in the area they decided to try and see if they could find him,” the deputies wrote in a Facebook post.

The divers descended into the creek, turning the search into a training session, officials said. After about 20 minutes, one of the divers spotted the watch.

Photos show the watch resting on a dock as a person in scuba gear smiles on the waterway, located near St. Augustine and about 35 miles south of Jacksonville.

Several social media users were fans of the man finding his Rolexwhich was in about 20 feet of water.

“Great job,” one person commented on the MPs’ Facebook page. “How lucky for the owner.

Another person wrote: “Wow! What great wellness story – Well done! So happy for this gentleman!

Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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