A metal detectorist who discovered a newlywed couple’s wedding ring on the beach surprised them by sending a photo of it being held by a LEGO man. Last month, 44-year-old groom Richard Whetter and his bride Anne arrived in Jersey for their honeymoon.
However, Richard misplaced his wedding ring two days later while taking a romantic stroll in Portelet Bay.
He claims he removed his ring to go swimming and placed it by his shoe. Unfortunately, he wasn’t used to owning such an item as a newlywed and forgot to put it back on. It wasn’t until he returned to the car that he realized it was gone.
Men are nearly twice as likely as women to lose their rings. In the last five years, 14% of men lost an engagement or wedding ring, while only 8% of women misplaced their rings during the same time period.
When the couple returned to their hotel, they informed a porter, who immediately contacted local metal detectorist, Steve Andrews. They still believed the ring had been lost forever.
Steve only needed ten minutes to locate the misplaced item. He labels his finds with a unique image of a LEGO man. In fact, it’s a miniature version of himself, complete with matching clothes and a metal detector.
He never wants to charge for his services. “The thing I enjoy most about detecting is re-uniting people with their items. I was delighted to find the ring, it was one of the quickest I’ve ever completed.”
“The LEGO man is just a nice thing to send to people. I find their item and take a photo as a sort of ‘I’ve found it!’ I got it as a jokey present from my sister, and it just stuck.”
Richard, a Bristol resident, stated, “I’m really grateful for Steve. What could have been an absolute disaster turned into a valuable lesson learned, with an amusing edge”.