miracles happen

kennedy & dudley.

Normally I wouldn’t cover a story like this, but it took place at South Haven MI, where I used to go sailing back in the day before the stroke when I visited Fritz, my best friend from high school. Even though I don’t know the people involved, it happened on a beach from my youth and adult life.

Yes, I’ve been there and know firsthand how unlikely this is.

In late July, Jamie Kennedy was having a great day at the public beach at South Haven, with her two young boys and close friend, when the fateful moment happened.

“When I got the sand off my legs, it was in between in my fingers and in my ring. I pushed up with my thumb to get it out and I must’ve pushed up hard and I lost it.”

“I tried to catch it while it was falling,” she said. “I told my friend and we both started looking immediately with our feet and hands. Our 10-year-old boys had goggles and we searched and searched and searched for about 45 minutes.”

The ring was on the bottom of Lake Michigan and Jamie couldn’t find it.

the ring“Feeling beyond sad, sick, and disappointed that I lost my wedding ring in Lake Michigan today,” she wrote on a Facebook post when she got home. The post garnered nearly 2,500 shares. “I don’t usually believe in miracles but if anyone sees any posts on Facebook or hears anything about found rings in South Haven let me know.”

It didn’t take long before her post was shared with John Dudley, the president of the West Michigan Detector Club, who immediately reached out to Kennedy with his expertise.

“She lost it on a Friday and I didn’t go out until Sunday. It was two days later, which makes it even more bizarre,” Dudley said of the search. “The waves were terrible. I’m a pretty good-sized guy and the waves were knocking me over. But 30 to 45 minutes later I got a good signal in the water about waist deep. I scooped up whatever the signal was and there was a ring in the bottom. I went, ‘Oh my gosh’.”

Kennedy says she “practically walked on water” when Dudley gave her a thumbs-up to indicate that he had found it.

She says “miracles can happen.”


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