A woman hundreds of miles away in Holland has been reunited with her lost wallet thanks to a Hartlepool fisherman.
Trawlerman Keith Fletcher found the wallet full of bank cards and the owner’s driving licence in his nets when he was fishing.
He worked out it must have gone overboard from a Holland to Newcastle ferry, which travels the same water he fishes.
And after contacting the ferry company DFDS Seaways, in the Netherlands, he has been able to reunite the wallet with its rightful owner, a woman from a village called Anna Paulowna in Northern Holland.
Keith, 64, said: “I trawl the same line as the DFDS ferry. On our second haul of the day the wallet was laid in among the fish.
The only place I could think it could have come from was the ferryFisherman Keith Fletcher
“When we picked it out it was soaking wet. I opened it up and I realised what it was.
“The only place I could think it could have come from was the ferry.”
Keith, who fishes out of Hartlepool fish quay on the boat JJ HL II with crew Paul Stewart and Robbie Wray, dried the papers out and then sent it to the ferry company in Holland together with a hand-written letter to the owner.
He added: “There was no money in the wallet. It was still closed so it couldn’t have been in the water long as all the paper was readable.”
Keith contacted DFDS Seaways to try to trace the owner and the company asked him to post it on. It then posted an appeal on its Facebook page and the owner, who has not been named, came forward.
Keith has been interviewed by Dutch media about the find last month.
It is not the first time that Keith has been in the news.
Three years ago, he appeared in the Mail after netting a skull bone from a 40-tonne sperm whale.