When Dan Levine, 44, emerged from the ocean to discover his wedding ring – made by his wife, Oona – had slipped off his finger, he never expected to see it again.
But the swimmer was lucky enough to be reunited with his precious wedding band thanks to a couple he’d never met and a tiny black fish.
Gary Spires was walking along the beach when he heard a splashing in a pool where the sea had retreated. He went to take a closer look and found a tiny black fish – underneath was Dan’s ring.
Just 24 hours after losing the ring, Dan was brought back together with it. He says there’s no way he would have found it without a ‘miraculous intervention’.
Dan had gone for his regular swim of Battery Rocks behind Jubilee Pool in Penzance, Cornwall, on Saturday morning.
He usually takes the ring off before heading into the sea, but this time around he forgot.
The seas were rough and the tide was high but Dan swam for about 400 metres. It was only when he came out of the sea that he realised his ring was gone.
‘I put a post on Facebook asking for people to get in touch if they found it snorkeling or spear fishing but really didn’t think I’d see it again,’ said Dan. ‘I was gutted.
‘Oona had handmade it. We’ve been married 13 years. When I told her I’d lost it she was upset too.’
Dan didn’t have much hope of seeing the ring again until Gary and Emma Spires got in touch.
Dan explained: ‘They heard it first then saw it flapping around on the surface of the pool.
‘Gary said he knelt down and the ring was just nestled under the water beneath a little ledge. He might not have seen it had it not been for that little fish.’
Gary posted the details of the ring on a lost and found page online, where friends of Dan and Oona connected the dots.
Gary, Emma, Dan and Oona have all met for a photo to celebrate the reunion and show off the ring.
‘To find it in these circumstances is amazing,’ Dan said. ‘Thanks to the people who shared my post on Facebook, thanks to Gary and Emma.
‘And thanks, little fish.’