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$70,000 ring rescued from toilet

PHOENIX, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A Phoenix plumber said he was able to locate a $70,000 diamond ring that was accidentally flushed down a restaurant toilet.

Mike Roberts, general manager of Mr. Rooter, said city workers called his business after spending several hours trying to find the ring in the Black Bear Diner's sewer line, KPHO-TV, Phoenix, reported Thursday.

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"Everybody said, 'No, it's gone,'" Roberts said. "We figured we'd give it a shot. We'd either save the day or be completely disappointed."

The plumber said he fished a fiber optic cable down the toilet and eventually located the ring stuck 300 feet down the sewer line.

"Eight, nine, 10 hours later, they managed to dig a hole in my floor and get it out of the pipe," said Cheryl Jones of the Black Bear Diner. "A huge solitaire diamond and tons of smaller diamonds encrusted in it. It was very beautiful."

The couple paid Roberts $5,000 for the plumbing and excavating in addition to a down payment to the restaurant for the cost of repairing the torn-up floor.

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