Determined Diver Finds Lost Wedding Ring in Harbor

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2009 3:09 PM CDT
A scuba diver combs the depths.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – When Aleki Taumoepeau lost his wedding ring at the bottom of Wellington Harbor in New Zealand, his wife offered to buy him a new one. But Taumoepeau would have none of it, swearing he’d find the original ring. He’d thrown an anchor in after it, and was convinced he could relocate it. Sixteen months later, he did just that, the Dominion Post reports.

Taumoepeau made his first attempt 3 months after he lost the ring, but came up empty-handed thanks to bad weather and faulty GPS coordinates. But he was undaunted, returning more than a year later. “I thought he was mad,” says his wife. After an hour he surfaced empty-handed, and asked for some divine intervention. Then he looked down in about 10 feet of water and spotted the anchor and ring, directly below him.