Tony Leyden was swimming while on vacation in the Lake District when he realized his wedding ring was gone and feared it would be lost forever.
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A husband and wife are ecstatic after a diver hero finds their lost wedding ring at the bottom of a lake, a week after its disappearance.
Emma Leyden, 37, and her husband Tony, 36, were on vacation in the Lake District with their children when Tony’s wedding ring slipped as he swam.
He was in one of the district’s lakes, Rydal Water, paddleboarding and jumping off a rope swing, when he realized the group was missing.
His wife of six years, Emma, a veterinarian, said her husband was out of the water after hopping in, his hand in the air, shouting “My ring is gone!”
Other swimmers lent their glasses to Tony, an accountant, and he spent a good two hours in the murky depths of the lake.
However, he was unlucky in finding the ring and the couple feared it would be lost forever.
Eventually the couple gave up and were devastated, as there were “a lot of memories” attached to the ring.
“Obviously you can replace the ring, but you can’t replace the same ring you have when you make your vows that day,” Emma said.
But just before the family left and returned home in Bridgend, South Wales, Emma spoke to a woman who suggested she contact Lake District Diving, a team of volunteer snorkelers who roam the lakes. in search of the lost treasures of tourists.
She contacted the team who sent one of their freedivers to get the ring.
At this point, Tony’s jewelry had been missing for six days.
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The task of finding the lost ring has been given to Angus Hosking, a 21-year-old who volunteers with the group.
He has already helped unite dozens of couples with their lost rings, including a couple who had been married for less than a day. He also came to the rescue of another couple, whose ring slipped during their romantic lakeside engagement photoshoot.
Angus had been looking for the ring with a metal detector for an hour and a half and said he became less and less confident the more time went by.
“After the hour of play I always start to be a little skeptical – the couple weren’t there with me either, which made things a lot more difficult,” he said.
Feeling frustrated, Angus returned to shore for a quick break – before plunging once more into the lake.
While the area the group disappeared into wasn’t particularly deep, he said it was extremely silty and with every move saw clouds of grainy, gloopy mud obscuring his vision.
But this time around, he hadn’t been in the water for long when he found the ring.
“I honestly couldn’t believe it myself, to be honest I was even shocked to find it,” he said.
“I was even impressed with myself on this one.”
The divers returned the ring to the delighted couple, who finally received it after a brief confusion at the post office with an old hat.
Emma said the divers did a “fantastic job” to retrieve the ring, which means a lot to both of them.