Eastbourne metal detectorist rescues wedding ring

Jenna and Simon Marcer on their wedding day. SUS-150825-085949001
Jenna and Simon Marcer on their wedding day. SUS-150825-085949001

A couple who lost a wedding band on the beach after Airbourne are to be reunited with the ring thanks to Eastbourne metal detectors club.

Originally from Eastbourne, Jenna Marcer, brings her husband Simon and sons – 12-year-old Ben and 8-year-old Luke – to the airshow every year.

The wedding ring after it was recovered from the beach. SUS-150825-085515001

The wedding ring after it was recovered from the beach. SUS-150825-085515001

But while watching displays on the beach at Saturday August 15, Simon’s wedding band slipped of his finger becoming lost on the crowded beach.

After realising the ring had gone missing, the couple left the airshow to collect a pair of metal detectors from family in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Jenna said, “We searched the area where we were sat once Airbourne had finished for the day but we could not find it.

“Needless to say we thought we would never see it again and my husband was distraught.”

Chris Cole with his metal detecting kit SUS-150825-090545001

Chris Cole with his metal detecting kit SUS-150825-090545001

After abandoning the search the family ran into Audrey Chalifoux, a member of Eastbourne and District Metal Detector Club who asked about the family’s detectors.

After hearing the family’s story, Audrey offered the club’s help in recovering the ring.

Over the following week, club member Chris Cole scoured the area the ring was lost in for five straight days.

Chris finally found the missing ring at around midnight on Friday August 21 – just as he was about to give up on the search.

Chris said, “I had just decided I wasn’t going to find it so should call it a day.

“I was just heading back to my water bottle when I heard a very faint beeping. Normally I wouldn’t have bothered with it as it was so fain. It was only because we’d cleared away so much of the area in the previous days I decided to dig it up.

“I dug down around 10 inches down and lo and behold there it was.”

The ring was much deeper than Chris would have expected, as it was pushed underground by the changing tide.

Jenna continued, “There really are no words that can thank Chris enough for what he has done for us, especially my husband Simon.

“Even today we still can’t quite believe this overwhelming news. Chris gave up his time to help two people and from the bottom of our hearts thank him very much.”

Jenna and her family, who live in Gloucester, are to return to Eastbourne in the coming weeks to collect the ring and thank the club and Chris for its return.

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