SHEFFIELDER Graeme Forbes was gutted when he lost his wallet in a Somerset village 12 years ago.
But now it has been found and handed back -complete with the cash inside it.
Mr Forbes, aged 28, lost the wallet when his kayak overturned during a slalom event on the River Frome near Trowbridge in 2000.
It was found last week near a weir in the village of Tellisford by Anthony Battersby after heavy rain.
He tracked down Mr Forbes through a British Canoe Union membership card found inside.
Mr Forbes, 16 at the time, said he had been taking part in a slalom competition run by Frome Canoe Club when his kayak overturned.
“I came out of the river gargling quite a lot of water and I quickly realised where it must have gone, but a flooding river wasn’t the best place to look for a wallet,” he said.
“We had a poke around but I had to give it up for lost.”
He received a phone call from the BCU informing him of the discovery.
He said: “They asked if I’d lost a wallet and instantly I knew what they were talking about because I’ve not canoed in several years.
“There was still £2.60 in it which I’ve offered the finder to cover postage.
“It’s a great vindication of human nature that people, if they find something, will make an effort to return it. Most people are pretty decent after all.”