A Massachusetts native has been reunited with his high school class ring nearly 50 years after he lost it at a beach.

The Daily News of Newburyport (http://bit.ly/1QnCKWZ ) reports that Dan Toomey's ring was found March 19.

Toomey says he was at the beach with his friends in 1966 when he lost the 10-carat Amesbury High School Class of 1967 ring.

Toomey now lives in Anchorage, Alaska. He says he hadn't thought about the ring for a long time before he learned a tourist found the ring on the same beach buried under 8 inches of mud.

The tourist took the ring to the school, and employees did some detective work and found it belonged to Toomey.

Toomey says of the ring: "If it traveled far, it came back."

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Information from: The Daily News of Newburyport (Mass.), http://www.newburyportnews.com