Phew! Man Recovers His Lost Wedding Ring from the Bottom of the Ocean

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Talk about a Christmas miracle! Jay Bradford, an unlucky-turned-very-lucky man, lost his wedding band in the middle of the ocean near New Jersey on December 12th. Four days later, the fortunate newlywed came across a very familiar sight while on his desperate search for the lost ring.

Bradford, who had only been married to his bride since June, lost his ring in the middle of the ocean near Long Branch, New Jersey, while searching for blackfish, People reports. "My hand hit the bow rail and the ring came off my knuckle. The ring slid off, hit the tow rail and went into the water," Bradford told The Ashbury Park Press about the unfortunate incident.

Bradford's other half, Meagan, was less than pleased by the unfortunate mishap telling the local paper, "I nearly threw up," when having discovered the unlucky news. "I wasn't worried about the cost of the ring, I was more concerned with what it meant and what it symbolized," she continued. Good thing this story has a happy ending!

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Determined to pursue a treasure hunt for the recovery of the all-important ring, Bradford returned to the waters on December 16 with boat captain Nick Barsa and driver Mark Thompson, using GPS tracking to return to the exact spot, People reports. The triple threat managed to use their combined manpower to find the ring on a rock after a relentless 10-minute search. Bradford's relieved bride jokingly refers to Barsa as "Captain St. Nicholas" as a result of his "Christmas miracle" duties needed to help her husband find a very important member of the holiday's five golden rings.

Unfortunately, this groom is not alone when it comes to mishaps with one of the most important universal accessories. Carissa Wolter, otherwise known as living proof of a bride-to-be's worst nightmare, flushed her engagement ring, and a pair of diamond studs, down the toilet after leaving them in a pile of tissues.

The California native flushed the tissue pile down the sewer system before having realized that she flushed one of the most important pieces of jewelry of her life! "I never thought I'd be so careless about something so valuable," said the bride-to-be, "When I realized what I had done, it seemed unreal." Wolter's forgiving fiancé, who comforted his soon-to-be bride by informing her that the ring was only a material object, spent the entire night pulling apart their toilet. After no luck, and lots of effort, the determined couple called the local sewage company, Jurupa Community Services District, who ended up using a trap to uncover the lost engagement ring! The lifesaving sewage company posted a snapshot of the uncovered sparkler on Twitter telling ABC News, "A ring like that is very important and we're just happy we were able to do the best to successfully recover it."

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