When a couple gets married, wedding rings are two of the most precious parts of the ceremony.
So it wasn’t a good situation when newly married husband James Ross managed to lose his on an underwater excursion, six months after acquiring it.
He and his wife, Kirsty McMillan, had gone scuba diving at Eden Rock, and James had forgotten to remove the ring beforehand.
“I lost it at one point during the dive, and although we looked for it high and low afterwards, we had no luck finding it,” said James.
Kirsty had originally hoped that if they looked hard enough fortune would smile on them, but it wasn’t.
“She [was] very optimistic; however, over the weeks, [and] it seemed less likely that we were going to find him, she started to cheer herself up by concocting my penance for losing him in the first place, ”James said with a laugh. “Her favorite plan was to invite all of our friends and family to Loch Lomond – a beautiful loch in Scotland near our hometown – to watch me jump into the icy water and bless the new ring we would need to buy. . “
Yes, things looked very dark for the young couple, especially James, who, without a doubt, was developing his skin tolerance to lard in order to prepare for that future swim in the loch.
As Kirsty envisioned awesome new ways to make James uncomfortable, Raquel Tobian – a recent Ohio Cayman transplant – decided to do some snorkeling in the Eden Rock area on Saturday, September 18. Dazzled by the sight of a squid in the water, she suddenly noticed something sparkling in the sand below. She dived in to take a closer look and realized it was a wedding ring.
After returning to shore, Raquel went to the nearby dive shop to ask if anyone had reported a lost ring, but no one did. So she took the next step by posting her discovery on social media, hoping the local community would spread the word.
“I originally posted a message to the ‘Women in Cayman’ group because this group of women can literally locate anything on this island,” Raquel said. “I also shared it on the ‘I love Cayman Islands’ Facebook page.”
The hive did not take long to react. In fact, Hercule Poirot himself is said to have lifted his hat and twirled his mustache to show his respect for such detective abilities.
“I had people contacting me very quickly, within the first hour,” Raquel said. “Surprisingly, it took the internet less than two hours to find the rightful owners! “
A friend of James and Kirsty’s forwarded the link to the “Women in Cayman” Facebook post to them and at first glance it seemed hopeful.
“We were watching a 20 minute TV show on Netflix,” James said. “It must have taken us about two hours to get through because we were so excited. “
Raquel started chatting with them on Messenger, and the couple sent in the photos they had of her ring to see if it matched.
“We weren’t 100% sure it was their ring until we met the next morning to see if it fit,” Raquel said. “They were absolutely shocked that he was found and very grateful. They were just married this past [March] and had lost the ring three weeks [before I found it]… The wife was joking about the punishments she offered to make her husband make up for the loss, so finding the ring saved her some stress.
“They were so grateful that they offered compensation, but it wasn’t necessary; the positive feelings of being able to return such an important item [were] a lot.”
James and Kirsty were overwhelmed by their chance to get their precious ring back.
“We’re both very grateful to her for reaching out and squid for bringing her to this,” James said. [puts the container of lard back in the pantry].
The experience generated warm and hazy feelings for everyone involved.
“I believe you get what you put into the world back, and I certainly hope that if I ever lose something like that, someone else would do the right thing and give it back,” Raquel said. “I also love the friendliness of this island and want to fully embrace the Cayman mentality.”
James also had words of wisdom for those considering swimming with their wedding ring.
“Listen to your wife and remove her before you dive in!”
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