Travellers' 'miracle' discovery of lost wedding ring at Karijini gorge
Adventure turned to heartbreak for Louise O'Brien after she lost her engagement and wedding ring while holidaying in Karijini National Park in Western Australia.Mrs...
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- Aug 25, 2021
Adventure turned to heartbreak for LouiseO'Brien after she lost her engagement and wedding ring while holidaying in Karijini National Park in Western Australia.
Mrs O'Brien and her husband, who are from Perth, were exploring the north of the state, trekking through Hancock Gorge.
On August 18, after swimming in the beautiful green water of Kermits Pool, Mrs O'Brien and her husband were drying off when she realised her ring was missing.
"I suppose when I'm happy or excited I touch my wedding ring and I noticed that it was gone," Mrs O'Brien said.
She hoped it may have slipped off when she was getting dressed, but the unique ring was nowhere to be seen.
A woman and man smiling at the camera with hats and sunglasses on
Louise O'Brien was holidaying in Karijini with her husband when she lost her wedding ring. (
Supplied: Louise O'Brien
After she searched the rocky surrounds, Mrs O'Brien realised the ring must have been lost in the deep depths of the water at Kermits Pool.
Mrs O'Brien said she immediately started to cry.
"Hubby was great he said 'you know it's only a ring, we can get another one'. But I'm like 'it's not only a ring'," she said.
Over her 25 years of marriage, Mrs O'Brien had customised the ring, adding diamonds and forging together the wedding and engagement band.
A note left behind
Luckily her husband had a brainwave — leave a note for any fellow travellers in case they found the lost ring at the popular pool.
"I found a piece of paper [but] I didn't have any sticky tape," Mrs O'Brien said.
"The sign to the gorge had two signs on either side, so I slipped this piece of paper in between and [thought] it's just going to slip away."
A sign for Karijini National park with a piece of paper lodged inbetween
Louise O'Brien left a note at Karijini hoping by some chance a traveller could find her lost ring.(
Supplied: Louise O'Brien
Mrs O'Brien left her name, phone number, and email address, hoping someone would find her beloved ring and hand it back.
She also posted on a WA Facebook page for campers.
"Everyone's like 'there's no way … good luck'," she said.
That night, the O'Briens left Karijini and headed north.
Then, at Eighty Mile Beach — 561 kilometres away — Mrs O'Brien's phone rang.
A miracle find
Melbourne-based Jodi Nissen is holidaying with her family in Western Australia.
On the families bucket list was a visit to Karijini. A deep blue pool of water surrounded by rocks, with a woman swimming on her bck.
Louise O'Brien lost her ring while swimming at Kermits Pool at the Karijini National Park.(
Supplied: Australia's North West / CJ Maddock
Together with many travellers, they were trekking to Kermits Pool.
"There was a sign on the ground, just a handwritten note that was held down by a couple of rocks and it said lost engagement ring," Mrs Nissen said.
Mrs Nissen said she felt for the person who had lost their ring with so many cracks and crevices around the pool where a ring could fall into.
She said her family and fellow travellers kept an eye out for the ring.
A family standing on rocks at Karijini.
The Nissen family found Louise's lost ring at Kermits Pool while holidaying in WA. (
Supplied: Jodi Nissen
As they got to the second water crossing, as if by luck, something in the water caught Mrs Nissen's eye.
She dove four feet deep into the water and grabbed a handful of gravel.
"I came up and I opened my eyes and in the middle of my hand, sitting on the gravel was the ring," she said.
"It was just amazing, everyone was so ecstatic around us.
"It was a miracle find … a moment I'll never forget."
Once they had phone reception, Mrs Nissen and her family called Mrs O'Brien with the good news.
"She was just so relieved and upset that I had goosebumps, I was teary, I was so pleased for her, and the kids just had the biggest grins," Mrs Nissen said.
"I though 'oh you're kidding, someone just playing a joke on me'," Mrs O'Brien said.
The Nissen family are now looking forward to reuniting the O'Briens with the ring.
We've gained a lot of out it so now its our turn to be really kind," Mrs Nissen said.
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