Ring flushed by kid returned to California family

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Posted: Nov 18, 2014 2:29 PM

UNION CITY, Calif. (AP) — Sanitation workers have returned an heirloom diamond and sapphire ring to a San Francisco Bay Area family whose 3-year-old son flushed it down the toilet.

After several attempts, Union Sanitary District crews found the ring last week, about a month and a half after it disappeared from Munazzar and Mehvish Tapal's home in Union City.

Wastewater Collection Supervisor Shawn Nesgis tells KTVU-TV (http://bit.ly/11gofyH ) that the ring traveled about a third of a mile.

Crews flushed the sewer lines and discovered the ring after vacuuming up debris. Nesgis equated the discovery to finding a needle in a haystack.

The Tapals say the ring's return was a miracle. Munazzar Tapal estimates the ring has been in his family for 60 years.

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Information from: KTVU-TV.