A bride-to-be was left with a sinking feeling after she lost her engagement ring while swimming.
Now Jodi Baker is hoping readers will help reunite her with the diamond band in time for her big day.
It slipped off her finger while she was in the pool at Swallows leisure centre with her fiancé Brian Willett and their three year-old son Jake sometime between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturday, January 17 but didn’t notice it was missing until she got home.
Miss Baker of Minster Road, Minster, said: “We’re getting married in Malta this October and it was loose because I’ve lost a bit of weight for the wedding.
It fell down [my finger] in the pool and I pushed it back up thinking ‘that was a close shave’ but I stupidly carried on. I’ve been in tears over it.
“I rang the pool on Sunday and they said they were shutting it at 2pm to clean it but they didn’t find anything.
"I even went there on Monday swimming around the whole pool with my goggles on looking for it but nothing.
“They said that they were going to clean the filters between Tuesday and Wednesday but when I spoke to them Friday they still hadn’t found it and hadn’t been found in the pool vacuum bag either.
“I think someone may have trod on it and picked it up.”
As well as symbolising the couple’s commitment to each other it has further sentimental value to the mum of one as she was wearing it when her son’s life was saved.
Born two months premature on September 24, 2011, weighing 2lbs 4oz, Jake was diagnosed at three weeks old with Necrotising Enterocolitis, a condition in early babies that causes tissue in portions of the bowel to die.
His relatives were preparing to say goodbye to him when a Great Ormond Street surgeon, who happened to be passing, offered to carry to a procedure he had never done before that would either save or end his life.
After making two incisions in the youngster’s gut while still in the incubator, most of the infection drained and his condition stabilised allowing him to undergo surgery.
The 30-year-old added: “I wore the ring though all of that so it means a lot to me.
“If someone has it all I’d say to them is ‘please can I have it back?’
“I’d love to have it in time for my wedding which takes place on my 31st birthday.”