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Diamond Ring Falls From Hot Air Balloon

Some people just have no luck. Take James Ng for example. Mr. Ng was set to propose to his girlfriend during a hot air balloon ride, but it wasn’t meant to be. As he was 500 feet above the ground, the ring slipped from his grasp towards the disappearing earth.

The 26-year-old pastor had it all planned out. He would hide the one-carat diamond engagement ring in a box and place the box in his camera case. Unfortunately, it didn’t go according to plan. “I just watched it tumble and it hit a tree and spun around and the stuff fluttered out of it,” said Ng. “And I just put my head down on the side of the balloon and I was just - I just couldn't believe I'd just done that.”

The camera case with the box containing the ring fell from Ng's hands and disappeared into the trees below.

“My first thought was just don't tell her what fell out of the balloon, and buy another ring, which it took me forever to afford the one I had,” but his girlfriend, Sonya Bostic, quickly figured out what had happened.

“When the bag dropped and he reacted the way he did, that's when I knew,” Bostic confesses. “Wait a second! My ring's in there!”

Despite the mishap, Ng dropped to one knee and proposed anyway. But Ng's mind didn’t stop working.


“I got up and I was like, what river did we just pass? Where was that? I started trying to get a feel for where we were.”.

The moment the balloon landed, the pastor started looking. “I'd been raising that money for the ring for a year. And it was, you know, kind of important,” he explained. He googled maps of the area, called the balloon company, plotted possible flight paths, and marked off search grids.

A week into the search, they saw a camera bag. “We ran up to it and it was the bag, and we're like yes! And I took caution tape out of my back pocket and tied it around the tree right next to the bag.” The only item still in the bag was the little box containing the ring. Both James and Bostic believe God granted them a miracle.

“It was amazing. I just kept looking at it. It was so beautiful. It was perfect. It was everything that I wanted. And that we found it, and I never thought in a million years we'd find it. That was truly God. It really was,” said Bostic.

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