21 Jul 2013

Wedding ring lost on honeymoon found by divers on Great Barrier Reef

9:00 am on 21 July 2013

A Welsh groom is celebrating after the wedding ring he lost on his honeymoon on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia was found by other divers several days later.

Eirian Evans, 29, of Cardiff, was snorkelling with his bride Bethan off Green Island, Cairns, when the silver ring slipped off his finger into coral.

Scuba school divers searched for the ring for hours with no luck and the couple returned to Wales without it.

But the BBC reports the ring is now back on his finger after arriving by post from Down Under.

Mr Evans received an email in the middle of the night to say the wedding band had been found by another customer of the scuba school who saw it glinting in the coral.

"Because the ring was new and I'm not used to wearing rings I had been playing with it non-stop since our wedding day,'' he said.

''I got out of the sea and went to fiddle with it and realised it had gone. I ... thought I'd lost it forever.

... I was convinced I would never see it again.

The couple, both 29, met at a rugby club when they were 21.

The BBC reports Mr Evans proposed in October last year and the pair married in June before setting off on A two-week honeymoon.

"It's a beautiful omen to their marriage, which I think shows they are meant to be together forever,'' said school co-owner Taryn Agiun.

"It's truly amazing the ring survived, especially because fish often eat shiny or sparkly objects mistakenly for food."