SURF CITY, N.C.--One North Carolina woman has an amazing lost and found tale, 33 years in the making.
In 1979 Mary Rafferty, then a senior at Dixon High School, lost her class ring amongst the sand dunes while visiting the beach in Surf City.
Rafferty says she searched high and low for the ring but to no avail.
"A couple of my friends tried to help me find it. Couldn't find it that night. I went back the next day and couldn't find it. Went back a couple of times over the next few weeks and and figured it was gone forever," said Rafferty.
At the end of June, Tricia Lewis was visiting Surf City and was sitting in a beach chair near the water when a large wave washed over her without warning.
Lewis says the ring landed at her feet, coming ashore about a mile north from where Rafferty had lost it 33 years earlier.
"When I stood up, the ring was just laying there on top of the sand. It wasn't half in or half out. It was like the wave must have just brought it up and dropped it."
The ring was intact with minor corrosion and the initials M.J.R. still clearly visibly inside the band.
With help from Dixon High School, the class ring was traced back to Rafferty who says she was shocked when told someone had found it.
"It's just totally unbelievable that it was found after this length of time," said Rafferty.
Rafferty and her long lost class ring haven't been reunited just yet.
Lewis is planning on mailing the ring to her later in the week.