The Greatest Gift of All! Man Recovers His Lost Wedding Ring from the Bottom of the Ocean

Man Recovers His Lost Wedding Ring From the Bottom of the Ocean
Meagan and Jay Bradford
Dan Radel/Asbury Park Press

12/27/2015 AT 02:20 PM EST

Instead of five golden rings on Christmas, a New Jersey man's true love sent him to the bottom of the ocean to recover just one – his wedding band.

Jay Bradford lost his ring in the middle of the ocean near Long Branch, New Jersey, while searching for blackfish on Dec. 12, according to The Ashbury Park Press.

"My hand hit the bow rail, and the ring came up off my knuckle. The ring slid off, hit the tow rail and went into the water," said Bradford, 27.

"He texted me and said his day was going wrong. I said, 'Don't worry you will find the fish,' " his new wife Meagan Bradford said. "He texted me back, 'It's not the fishing, I lost my ring in the water.' I nearly threw up."



Determined to find his ring, Bradford returned to the waters on Dec. 16 with boat captain Nick Barsa and diver Mark Thompson, using GPS tracking to return to the exact spot.

"People thought I was crazy to try and go back for it," Barsa said. "The odds are against finding it. It's a big ocean out there."

And after 10 minutes of searching through thousands of mussels and rock ledges, Thompson thankfully found the ring resting on a rock.

"When they found it I was ecstatic, I was amazed," Meagan said. "I nicknamed Nick 'Capt. St. Nicholas,' for this time of year because these two did perform a Christmas miracle for us to have that ring back."
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