A swimmer who lost his wedding ring in the sea has been reunited with the cherished item – thanks to the miraculous intervention of a fish.
Dan Levine took a dip in the water at Penzance but when he emerged from the deep found his wedding ring had slipped from his finger.
The ring had been made by his wife Oona and she had etched it with a design of their beloved Portherris coastline.
Dan, 44, despaired of ever seeing it again.
But 24 hours later a couple walking along the beach heard a splashing in a pool where the sea had retreated. Swimming about in the miniature lagoon was a tiny black fish. When Gary Spiers peered in for a closer look he found Dan’s ring underneath, glistening in the water.
Dan was told of the amazing discovery by friends and is now proudly wearing the ring again.
He said: “It’s really made my day. I really didn’t expect to get it back again.”
Dan said the tale began when he went for a swim off Battery Rocks behind Jubilee Pool on Saturday morning.
A regular swimmer, he usually takes the ring off before venturing into the sea but on this occasion forgot. The seas were quite rough and the tide high but Dan swam for about 400 metres. When he came out the ring was gone. Somehow it had slipped free.
“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. 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.”
All seemed lost until the fish intervened.
Gary and Emma Spires were enjoying a Sunday stroll at Battery Rocks when they heard the creature splashing about.
“They heard it first then saw it flapping around on the surface of the pool,” said Dan.
“Gary said he kneeled 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.”
Friends of Dan alerted him to the discovery after Gary posted details on a lost and found page online.
Gary, it turned out, was the father of friends of Dan and Oona but had no idea who owned the ring.
The four have now reunited for a photo, with Dan now once again showing off the wedding ring made for him by his true love.
“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.”