Determined husband delves into a drain filled with sewage to rescue wedding ring

If you fidget with your wedding ring, this is a cautionary tale.

Eammon Ashton Atkinson, 32, was having dinner with a friend in Clapham, south London, last week when his ring ended up falling down a drain.

The Australian TV reporter says he was playing with the ring when it fell off the table.

He tried to fish it out with a crowbar but couldn’t quite reach.

When the local council couldn’t send someone out to help until the next day, a local fire crew happened to stop on their way back from a job.

But once they managed that, he was met with lots of pretty unpleasant sludge and water.

Determined not to go home to his husband John without the ring, Eammon started to lift handfuls of sewage out to try and get the ring.

He said after about 30 handfuls, he saw the hint of gold and was able to get the ring.

He tweeted: ‘Soooo… I lost my wedding ring down a drain but thanks to the amazing Green Watch boys at @LondonFire Clapham Station – we found it #sleepinginmybednotthedoghouse.’

Eammon said: ‘I was out for dinner and it rolled off the table and I saw it fall down the drain. I went to the hardware store and got a crowbar to try and lift it and I tried hooking it but nothing was working.

‘The crew kindly stopped to help on their way back from a job. They got the drain open and gave me some chemical gloves to go through the sludge as it was disgusting. Then I found it and everyone cheered.

‘There was no way I was leaving that drain until I had it back. My husband is always telling me to stop taking my wedding ring off and playing with it as I’ll lose it. I’m always doing it out of habit.

‘I’d like to say thank you to the firefighters. They were so amazingly helpful and I know it’s not their responsibility to help me but they came and gave a hand anyway.’

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