TOGETHER: Holly and Joel Riley with daughter Stella; and (inset) Darren Draper who found Mr Riley's ring.
TOGETHER: Holly and Joel Riley with daughter Stella; and (inset) Darren Draper who found Mr Riley's ring. Contributed

Miracle find: Hero saves newly-weds after big fright

"IT'S a miracle".

For newly-weds Holly and Joel Riley a trip to Kellys Beach could have proved ill-fated for Mr Riley's wedding ring, had it not been for the savvy work of Darren Draper.

Having only been married for a few months, Mrs Riley said they were shocked when the ring dropped into the ocean and concerned they wouldn't see it again.

She said she and her family were in the region visiting her husband's family when they decided to go to Kellys Beach at Bargara, where she'd never been before.

"I was holding on to it for him and a wave came out of nowhere and knocked it off my finger when I was holding my daughter," she said on her Facebook page.

Mrs Riley said she searched the area for about half-an-hour the day it went missing and combed the beach once more the following day before taking to Facebook to see if anyone had seen the beloved band.


Wedding Day photos
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"It was more than 24 hours later that I did the post," she said, which was met with a wave of support from the community and tagging of Mr Draper.

She said while they were unsure exactly where it would be and the description of the ring being "yellow gold, on the heavier side, thick, matte finish on the outside and shiny in the inside of the band," Mr Draper was confident he would be able to find it.

And come 9.30pm he did just that. He "saved the day".

Mrs Riley said she and her family had already gone back to Brisbane but the call to say the ring had been found brought tears to her eyes.

"He gave us his number and we called and thanked him, we tried to offer him a reward but he refused to take it, he said just to buy him a beer next time we are in Bargara," she said.

"He met my father-in-law and gave him the ring."

She said the funny thing about the story is that Mr Draper and her father-in-law knew each-other - they used to work together.

Mrs Riley said Bargara was a beautiful community and they looked forward to their next visit. She said despite the rocky start, this tale has a happy ending.