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Fitness app, metal detector help reunite man with lost wedding ring

Fitness app, metal detector help reunite man with lost wedding ring
James Ellis' lost wedding ring was found at Crome Beach in Norfolk, England, thanks to his fitness tracker app and a stranger with a metal detector. Photo by MonikaP/Pixabay.com

Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A man who lost his wedding ring during a trip to a British beach was reunited with the band, thanks to his fitness app and a stranger with a metal detector.

James Ellis, 42, of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, said he was visiting Norfolk's Cromer Beach with his family when he realized his wedding ring was missing in the sand.

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Ellis said he searched for the ring, but had to go home to empty-handed the next day.

Ellis posted pleas for help in some local Cromer Facebook groups, and one of the posts came to the attention of metal detector hobbyist Steve Everitt, 56.

Ellis used his fitness tracker app to provide Everitt with a map of his movements during his day at the beach, and Everitt said it took him only about 2 to 3 minutes to find the precious item.

"It was only a couple of inches down, but when something gets in that soft sand, unless you know exactly where you dropped it, it's a nightmare to find," Everitt told the North Norfolk News.

Ellis said Everitt's kindness left him "speechless."

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"It gives you belief in people's kindness and the community spirit that exists. The fact that he went out of his way to search for it and then found it, it's unbelievable really," he said.

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