Sean Kelly

  • Land/Shallow Water Search
  • Diver/Underwater Search

Cost For My Service

I work on a reward basis which is at your discretion however I do require a $25.00 call out fee for work within 30 miles of Rockport with an additional 50 cents per mile thereafter. This call out rate includes diving searches in water depths of 20 feet or less. For deeper dives or those which are more complex, additional cost may be necessary but will be agreed upon in advance.

Search Types

Jewelry such as rings and necklaces, cell phones, watches, keys, property boundary pins or any other metallic items.

Search Locations

Any woods, fields, dooryards, gardens, beaches, parks, bodies of salt or fresh water. I work primarily in the counties of Knox, Waldo and Lincoln, however I am willing to travel to other areas.

Sean Kelly's Bio

As a former Sea Captain I am used to working in challenging conditions, utilizing technology and creative thinking to complete a goal or solve a problem. I have over 20 years scuba diving and over 10 years metal detecting experience. I will always do my best to reunite a lost item with its owner.

Sean Kelly - Recent Blog Post

  • What to do if you lose an engagement ring in a lake. (2021)

    I headed to Sebago Lake in Naples, Maine after receiving a call to recover this beautiful heirloom engagement ring. Emily’s mother entrusted the ring to Charlie when he asked for her daughters hand in marriage. At sunset the previous evening this young couple were on the dock of the camp the whole family had rented, […]

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  • Heirloom Wedding Ring lost while swimming in the ocean recovered. (2021)

    The long day began with a 4AM wake up and two hour drive to catch the first ferry out to Little Cranberry Island, Maine. My objective to search for and recover this heirloom diamond wedding band which had originally belonged to the owner’s Great Grandfather. The ring was lost over a week earlier on Friday the […]

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  • Metal detector recovery of lost Citadel Class Ring in Boothbay Maine (2021)

    I received a call from Miranda to come search for her husband Tyler’s Citadel class ring, which was lost while he tended to his cattle at their home in Boothbay, Maine. The search took about 2 hours and ended with the ring recovered for Tyler and the cows happy to see me depart their pasture. […]

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  • Lost Ring Old Orchard Beach, Maine. A ring finding tale in reverse. (2020)

    Most of my Ring Finder post stories begin with someone contacting me to come search an area where they lost a ring. In this case however I found a ring while casually detecting at Old Orchard Beach and then had to try track down the owner. A plea on Craigslist and in the Friends of […]

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  • White gold wedding band recovered from Little Ossipee Lake in Waterboro, Maine. (2020)

    Alyssa contacted me to search for her husband Jordan’s wedding band which was dropped from a swimming dock in 6 feet of water at her parents lake side home. This had seemed like a pretty simple recovery, however in addition to the lake bottom being a bed of very tall grass the layer of loose […]

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Sean Kelly - Testimonials

  • Again, massive thank you and recommendation for Sean Kelly and The Ring Finders! (2021)

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    A massive thank you and praise for Sean! Firstly, a passionate and dedicated military veteran whose mission nowadays is the search and rescue… of your ring. Secondly, Sean is well equipped and thorough; it’s also really fascinating to hear how he does underwater recoveries! But honestly, if it can come off, take it off, before the beach or boat…Finally, Sean has the professionalism and comfortability of a long-time friend. I only wish the day was warmer and we could’ve chatted longer!

    Again, massive thank you and recommendation for Sean Kelly and The Ring Finders! You rock! Keep on Ringing and Pinging!

  • Sean truly was our hero... (2020)

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    I had told Sean in my initial e-mail reaching out to him that I didn’t know this league of superheroes existed, meaning The Ring Finders. He joked that not all heroes wear capes, and that some wear oxygen tanks and use metal detectors. Only it was not a joke at all, because Sean truly was our hero.

    After losing my husband’s wedding band in the lake in front of my parent’s house on Father’s Day, I was sure we’d be able to find it in the 6ft of water there. Snorkel masks, rakes, and a cheap underwater metal detector and flashlight did not stand a chance in the deep muck, murky water, and long grass. Not to mention I was 36-37 weeks pregnant and my efforts were limited by my buoyancy!

    My husband tried, our friends and family tried, and even the neighbors took a shot at finding the ring. One of the neighbors told us about The Ring Finders. I was skeptical because it had been three weeks since we lost the ring, but I was desperate for some skilled help, and some closure if nothing else.

    With only one diver in the entire state of Maine, I was worried that the distance would deter him. As soon as we met, I realized quickly that there isn’t much that deters Sean’s passion for reuniting people with their rings.

    Sean was positive, kind, funny, and professional with every interaction. He kept us in the loop of his thought process and what his next strategy was whenever he came up for a quick break to relocate or to change his oxygen tank.

    This man went through almost 4 tanks of oxygen and about 8 hours underwater over the course of two days. When his usual spot for refilling oxygen tanks was unexpectedly closed, he even drove out of his way to Brunswick for before returning on the second day.

    His determination was unwavering and his optimism and creativity kept us hopeful. Late afternoon/early evening on Day 2, Sunday 7/19/20, Sean surfaced with an old pull tab AND OUR LOST RING that had been buried in the muck next to it.

    We all cheered and jumped for joy! My husband has his ring back (yes it’s being resized smaller as we speak) and we have a new epic story of heroic perseverance to tell our son (due any day now) someday, all thanks to Sean!

    We can’t thank him enough for his time away from family, many hours at the cloudy/grassy bottom of the lake, and for finding our ring!

    -Alyssa Grant

  • Sean Kelly is a miracle worker! (And a very nice guy, too) (2019)

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    Sean Kelly is a miracle worker! (And a very nice guy, too)

    I will be forever thankful for people like Sean Kelly! I recently lost my gold/platinum wedding band in about 5 feet of salt water while swimming off my sister’s dock in Northport, Maine. I had recently lost weight, so it was a bit loose on my finger. When my hand went into the ice-cold water, the ring came right off. I tried diving for it for about 40 minutes, but only managed to stir up the sand on the bottom. I thought it was gone forever. My brother went to Google and found The Ring Finders website, and saw that Sean Kelly was located quite near Northport. He came out the very next day with his scuba gear and his positive attitude. He had checked the tide table for our location, and surveyed the scene off the dock. Then he went under and got to work. After surfacing about 4 times bringing up a lot of metal debris that was interfering with his metal detector, I was beginning to lose hope. But he told me not to lose hope, and he was determined to continue searching. The next time he surfaced, he had my ring! He said he found it a few minutes after saying an underwater prayer to St. Anthony (the patron saint of lost items). Sean is a real professional, and he is passionate about what he does. He obviously enjoys seeing the smile on your face when you realize he recovered something you thought was gone forever. Thanks, Sean!

  • Sean was awesome! He worked tirelessly until he found the ring (2019)

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    While boating with friends, my wedding band & engagement ring went flying off my finger when I tried to swat a fly away from my face. Thankfully the engagement ring landed on our friend’s boat which was tied up next to us, but the wedding band was gone. We searched our boat and our friends, we weren’t even sure it landed in the water but my husband jumped in anyway to look for it, nothing. The next day we went back and my husband spent over two hours snorkeling trying to find it, no luck. After contacting our insurance agent we confirmed that it was fully covered but we didn’t want another ring, we wanted that one.

    I found Sean Kelly from TheRingFinder.com on line, located in Rockport over 100 miles away, I wasn’t even sure he would travel to Rangeley but thankfully he did. Sean and his wife Darcy drove nearly three hours to help us.

    The ring was in 6-8 feet of water, the bottom was really silty, it took very little movement and visibility was almost completely gone. Given the size of the ring, the conditions and the amount of time that had passed (a week by the time we found Sean and he was able to come to our rescue) I really didn’t think it could be found but I knew we had to try, it was our Hail Mary.

    After an hour of searching, Sean came back to the boat for a second tank of air, a short rest and back into the water he went. Visibility was near zero due to the silty bottom, we could tell he was having a difficult time keeping his bearings but he was persistent.

    Nearing the second hour, I had pretty much given up hope and was resolved that my ring was gone forever. I started putting things away, preparing for the trip back to camp, and trying not to cry. But then Sean swam back to our boat, held out his hand and showed me my wedding band, I didn’t even try to hold back the tears. I think I was just as shocked to see it again as the day I lost it.

    Sean was awesome! He worked tirelessly until he found the ring and was invested in the search as much as we were. You can tell this is very personal for him, and his family. His wife couldn’t wait to call their daughter and let her know her Dad had found the wedding ring. We are so grateful and thankful to Sean, and his family who are so supportive, we could not have done it without him.

    If you lose something, first don’t panic. Second find some way to mark the location as best you can (my husband used gps, and took a photo of the shore line). Next, contact Sean! Oh, and DO NOT post on social media, let the professionals get there first!

  • If you ever happen to lose something you are in great hands with Sean!!! (2018)

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    Sean we cant thank you enough for helping us out! When you are so stressed from losing something so valuable you are rarely thinking clearly. We all started searching the lake for hours until it got dark which caused the ring to go deeper into the sand making it impossible to find without your help. Luckily we came into contact with you and its unbelievable how quickly you were able to get out there and how soon you were able to find the ring.

    For anyone who has lost something Sean was extremely responsive and is just such a genuinely nice and honest person. It was a long drive for him and he made it a priority to come out the next morning (we spoke at 1 am) because we were planning to leave back to New Jersey. If you ever happen to lose something you are in great hands with Sean!!!

  • Thank you Sean Kelly from the very bottom of my heart. (2018)

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    I will be forever grateful to Sean Kelly for finding my wedding ring. I was devastated, hopeless, and quite positive that I would never see or wear my most valued possession again. We were far north camping with family on vacation when Mr Kelly left the message that my ring was found – he wanted us to enjoy vacation