Stranger's miracle act after woman loses engagement ring at beach

A woman who lost her engagement ring at a Queensland beach has been given the ultimate New Year’s surprise thanks to an incredibly selfless stranger.

Ellen Britt took her ring off to go for a quick swim at Paradise Point on Sunday and asked her mum to hold onto her ring, but within moments the relaxing beach session took a heartbreaking turn.

“Probably within about 10 minutes I just heard her start going, ‘Oh my God, oh my God’,” Ms Britt told 7 News.

“I looked at her hand and my ring was gone.”

Ellen Britt and her mother spent hours scouring the beach for her ring on Sunday afternoon. Image: 7 News

The bride-to-be and her mother spent hours searching the water, but to no avail.

In one final desperate act, she took to Facebook asking if anyone in the area owned a metal detector.

Clinton Cannon, the owner of a waterproof metal detector, did not know Ms Britt, but by pure chance he spotted her post and knew he wanted to try and help.

“I saw this post up, [I thought] it’s not too far away, I have to go and try and find it,” he said.

At 6.30am the following morning, he headed down to the beach and got to work. 

After just 90 minutes scouring the shallow waters, the unimaginable happened.

“I just saw the diamonds in the sand, I screamed and put my fist in the air,” Mr Cannon recalled with a massive grin on his face.

Mr Cannon’s face lit up with joy when he saw the diamonds sticking out of the sand. Images: 7News
The bride-to-be said she will never forget Mr Cannon. Image: Facebook/Ellen Britt

The handover was completed with tears and a hug, but Mr Cannon said he was not after any type of reward.

“Just the enjoyment that I got finding it for someone, that’s more than money or anything,” he said.

As for Ms Britt, she said the stranger responsible for the miracle find would now be someone she never forgets.

“He took time away from his business and his family and drove from Brisbane just to help out a total stranger,” she said.


Still cannot believe that a total stranger went out of his way to help me find my ring! I will never have the words to…

Posted by Ellen Britt on Tuesday, January 1, 2019