Family recovers watch lost 128 years ago
PWLLHELI, Wales, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Welsh diver said he discovered a pocket watch that sank with a ship 128 years ago and tracked down the family of its original owner.
Rich Hughes said he was diving near a wreck off the Welsh coast when he discovered a silver pocket watch engraved with the words "Richard Prichard 1866 Abersoch North Wales" on its casing, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
Hughes said Prichard was the captain of Barbara, a square-rigged barque, and died before the ship sank during a storm off the coast of Pembrokeshire in 1881.
"I felt that although I'd found it the watch wasn't mine and I wanted to return it to its rightful owner," Hughes said.
Amateur historian David Roberts was called by Hughes to assist in finding Prichard's family and Roberts said he discovered a gravestone belonging to the captain's father, the newspaper reported.
"Through his family tree I was able to trace Captain Prichard's descendants and was amazed to find they are still living in North Wales," Roberts said.
Hughes and Roberts said retired dentist Owen Cowell, of Pwllheli, North Wales, Prichard's closest living relative, will receive the watch later this month.
Valuable violin left in cab, returned
NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A violinist said the $500,000 instrument he accidentally left in the back seat of a New York cab was returned to him 15 hours later.
Hahn-Bin Yoo, 22, who is preparing for his Carnegie Hall debut in October, said he was riding a cab home from a show at about 12:30 a.m. Monday and mistakenly got out of the taxi without his 184-year-old violin, the New York Post reported.
The musician said he called 311 for help, and the operator put him in touch with New York Police Department Detective Ming Lee and Taxi and Limousine Commission officials Azam Kifaieh and Sam Shady. The investigators used global-positioning system records to determine that cabbie Dalbir Singh had dropped Yoo off, and the driver was contacted at his home. He confirmed the handcrafted Pressenda violin was in his cab, and officials returned it to the musician.
"Losing an instrument is a greatest fear, even more than making a mistake on stage," Yoo said. "To lose an instrument is devastating."
Groom and photographer save girl, grandpa
LACROSSE, Wis., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin couple said their wedding was made unforgettable when the groom and a photographer rescued a girl and her grandfather from the Mississippi River.
Adam Hatfield, 28, and his new wife Julie, 27, were posing for photos in a La Crosse, Wis., park prior to their Friday wedding ceremony when they heard a man shouting and turned to see him jump over a wall into the water, the La Crosse Tribune reported.
Hatfield and photographer Russ Konrad ran to the water and saw the man treading water with a young girl in his arms. Hatfield and Konrad first pulled the girl from the water, and then the man, who told the men he was the girl's grandfather, the Tribune said.
Hatfield said the incident didn't really sink in until after the ceremony.
"We were kind of on a strict time schedule," he said. "These people are OK. We've got to be on time to our wedding."
Konrad said the Hatfield wedding was a unique job for him.
"I've never had to save anybody's life during a wedding before," he said.
Burglary tip No. 1: Don't leave ID behind
TORONTO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Toronto police had very little investigating to do into a double store burglary since the alleged thief left his wallet behind, authorities said.
Police said a man broke into a hair salon early Saturday and leisurely emptied the cash register of $120, smoked a cigarette and then took a bathroom break, the Toronto Star reported.
Next, he cut through a wall to gain access to an adjacent tanning salon, where he smashed the cash register to take about $200 before leaving through the front door, police said.
The thief didn't wear gloves and left a substantial number of fingerprints behind. He also didn't wear a mask and was clearly recorded by the salon's security cameras.
His total undoing was allegedly leaving his wallet at the salon that identified him as a 48-year-old city employee out on parole, the Star said.
After his wallet was returned to him at home, William King was arrested, the report said.