EDMOND, Okla — Noland Jones and his wife had gone out for an early morning fishing excursion on Arcadia Lake. Four hours into their trip, the boat began taking on water. There was no time to return to shore.
Jones said, “My wife, she doesn’t know how to swim, so I’m trying to, you know, swim her to the bank.”
Edmond Police retrieved the sunken fishing boat. But Noland discovered his wallet was missing and had likely drifted to the bottom of the lake.
Edmond’s dive team just happened to be participating in a training exercise out there and the 11 member team was up for the challenge.
Team leader, Rockie Yardley said, “We were going to find it. We practice on 9mm bullet casings so a wallet is a large object for us.”
Using nothing more than his sense of touch, one of the team’s newest members scoured the lake bottom and found the wallet.
Jones told us, “I guess about three weeks later, to a month later, [I] got a phone call from Edmond Police Department and they said they recovered my wallet and everything in it, including my money. That was a true blessing.”
Roland’s driver’s license, credit cards, and $1510 in cash, earmarked for the mortgage and back-to-school clothes, were all recovered and returned to a very grateful family.
Yardley said, “The boat can be fixed. The wallet was given back. Nobody drowned thank God. So, happy ending.”
Thanks to a well trained and very determined Edmond Dive Team.