A wife and a husband enjoying their vacation on a remote island off the coast of Australia received the shock of a lifetime while visiting family recently, and it has people across the world talking.
Suzie Quintal and her husband Nathan Reeves, who live in the Gold Coast part of the country, were visiting Norfolk Island about 1,000 miles northeast of Sydney to see family when Mrs. Quintal decided to go for a swim in nearby Emily Bay.
It was around this time that Mr. Reeves gasped in anguish at what had just taken place — his wedding ring had fallen off of his finger, and he had clue where or how to find it.
The prized ring, which has been reported to cost $1,000, was nowhere to be seen, and to make matters worse it happened right before the couple’s second wedding anniversary.
“He tried to look for it and then broke the news to me and I was not happy,” she said to Daily Mail Australia.
“I always tell him to take it off before he goes for a swim.
“He lost it a day before our second wedding anniversary.”
Locals to the Rescue: The Hunt Begins
Unable to find the ring themselves, the couple was delighted to find that locals offered to help out in the hunt for Mrs. Quintal’s wedding ring, aided by metal detectors.
“People are now trying to source nets, some have got scuba gear,” the wife said prior to the team heading out.
“The team in the glass bottom boats are going to have a look — Norfolk’s really good like that.”
Five months later, the couple was shocked to hear that they had done the impossible.
They had found the needle in a haystack that was Ms. Reeves’ wedding ring.
But getting it back was easier said than done.
Mulletfish Doubles as the Ringbearer
It may sound like something out of a sequel to the Little Mermaid movies, but the ring turned up in the most unlikely of all places: wrapped around the body of a mulletfish near the bottom of the ocean.
Fun and games aside, the fish was not delivering the ring to a priest but instead found itself in a bit of a tricky predicament: the ring was wrapped around its body, evoking scenes of wildlife caught in pop can rings that did not sit well with the diver.
Susan Prior, the local snorkeller, called the scene “gut wrenching” and could not believe her eyes.
“The metal can only be removed by catching the fish in a net and gently removing it,” she said.
“The fish seems to be OK so far but as it grows, the ring will cut into it,” Prior added.
Prior’s story is perhaps even more remarkable.
Wife “Absolutely Floored” by the News
Prior said she had heard the story of the lost wedding band earlier this year and was able to track them down on a community Facebook page.
Her quick thinking helped solve the mystery, but this story unfortunately did not end the way Mrs. Quintal had hoped.
Upon hearing that Prior had found the ring (five months later no less), Mr. Reeves’ wife was absolutely floored by the news, saying she just “spun out” after hearing about it.
Unfortunately for the couple, they were unable to return to the island at the time, and no follow up story has reported on whether the fish has been caught or not.
But at last glance, Mrs. Quintal was had other outcomes on her mind, namely the well-being of the poor little fish.
“I just couldn’t believe it. I’ve got a few friends on the island and they’re pretty adamant that they’ll find it,” she said.
“It doesn’t worry my husband, he doesn’t understand all the fuss.
“I’m just worried about the poor little fish.”