Lost hard hat found in Portugal in time for Father’s Day

June 21, 2021 GMT


A Massachusetts man said he received an unexpected gift just in time for Father’s Day when his lost hard hat washed ashore on a Portuguese island.

In 2014, Conrad Roy Jr. was working a New Bedford site job with his late son, Conrad Roy III. During the job, Roy Jr. lost his hard hat when it fell into the water, WCVB reported.

His son, Roy III, died by suicide a year afterward. In a high-profile case, Roy III’s girlfriend, Michelle Carter, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after she prompted him to kill himself as he dealt with suicidal ideation, the news station said.

On Father’s Day, Roy Jr. saw a Facebook post about a hard hat washing up on Azores, an archipelago off the Portuguese coast. The hard hat had a New Bedford sticker on it, the news station said.

Roy Jr. said he read the post and knew it was his. In that moment, he started crying because he said the discovery of the hat 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) away felt like his son sent him a Father’s Day gift.

“I’m happy today because it felt like he brought that to me,” he said.