Craig Ostendorf, Author at The Ring Finders

Ring found and returned — Matlacha

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Story as told by Steve:

I went fishing over the weekend and lost my wedding ring in somewhat of a freak accident. I was stung by a wasp reaching into a bucket. When I pulled my hand out abruptly, my ring went flying off my hand into the water of Matlacha FL. As I was out before sunrise, I did no see where the ring landed exactly.

I spent the remainder of that day diving and searching for the ring on the 4-5 foot grass flat that I had lost it in. With no luck, I marked the spot on the GPS on my boat and headed in. When I returned home, my wife had found Craig and his wife online through a quick search in Google. I immediately contacted Craig and he agreed to come out and search for the ring the following day after work (2 days after I had lost the ring).

I picked Craig and his wife up at the local boat ramp on my boat and headed into Matlacha Pass. The water was calm with about a 5mph west wind. Having quite the storm the evening before, I was skeptical that we would even have a chance at finding the ring with the current and wind pushing the water around. When we arrived at the grass flat where I had lost the ring, I anchored directly center of my GPS mark as best I could and Craig jumped in the water. I kid you not, less than 5 minutes later he pulled the ring out of the chest deep water. It had embedded itself in the mud and he was able to quickly locate it with his metal detector. Stunned, and in awe I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed.

Craig and his wife were both very down to Earth, and great people to chat with. They treasure hunt as a hobby and really enjoy helping people locate their lost items. I cannot thank them both enough for finding my wedding ring. My only regret was that I quit recording Craig searching for the ring too soon. Another minute or so and I would have had him on camera finding the ring!

Thank you both again for everything!

Sebring, FL. — Gold Chain Lost in Lake Found & Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Carlos took off his chain and pendant and set it on the dock.  When he did, it bounced off the dock into the lake below.  Carlos and his friends tried to find it themselves, but the late hour and dark water kept them from locating it.

The next day we received the urgent call for help as Carlos and his friends were leaving for home that afternoon.  Even with the 70 mile traveling distance to the location and the looming stormy weather, we were able to find the chain.

The smile in the picture is confirmation of how grateful he is to have the chain back and we are happy we could be a part of another success story!

Bonita Beach — Gold Wedding Band Lost in Sand Found & Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

While on vacation at Bonita Beach in Bonita Springs, this gentleman lost his wedding ring in the sand on the beach.  After searching the internet for where to rent a metal detector, his sister came across our web site and they gave us a call.  Upon arrival and after just a few minutes of searching, the wedding ring was found!

Cape Coral — Wedding Ring Lost in Yard Found & Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Terri’s husband lost his white gold and diamond wedding band while working in the yard.  After only a few minutes of searching with the Equinox and a pin pointer, we were able to locate the ring.  Terri’s husband will be happy to see his wedding ring waiting to be put back on his finger when he returns home from work at the end of the day.

Fort Myers Beach — Military Ring Lost in Canal Found & Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

While Ben (pictured) and his uncle were working on the dock anchoring and rinsing off the pontoon, Ben’s uncle felt his silver military ring fall off his finger.  Since they could not locate the ring on top of the dock–they realized the only place it could be is under the dock.  After Ben’s unsuccessful attempt to locate the ring himself by snorkeling and feeling around for it in the murky water, he decided to look into renting a metal detector.  While searching the internet for metal detector rentals, he came across our listing under The Ring Finders and decided to give us a call.  A couple days later we met him at the dock and we began our search.  Throughout the years many metal objects had accumulated in the search area.  After several minutes of digging targets that were not the ring–I finally got the high pitched silver signal I was looking for. The lost ring was found!  Even though the ring had started to turn dark after six days in the salt water–a little polishing will make it good as new and Ben’s uncle will be able to wear the ring again with pride.

Our services are available from Captiva Island to Naples area beaches.  Some of the area beaches included are:  Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Lover’s Key, Dog Beach, Bonita Beach, Wiggins Pass, Clam Pass, Vanderbilt, Naples Pier, etc.

 

Captiva Island–Ring Lost in Beach Sand Found & Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

A late night search results in another RingFinders success story.

Dan called us after losing his ring in the loose sand at a public beach near his vacation rental on Captiva Island.  My wife and I decided it would be best to come that night rather than the next morning in order to avoid the heavy commuter traffic.

After arriving at the beach and determining the area where the ring most likely was lost, we began our search.  It wasn’t long until my very first signal after turning on my metal detector produced the lost ring!

We are glad we were able to reunite another lost ring with its owner!

Sanibel Island — Gold Ring Lost in Gulf Found & Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

We receive many calls asking for help in locating men’s rings lost at the beach.  Often times these rings are lost while tossing around a football.  This is one of those stories.

While diving into the water to catch a football, this young man’s gold wedding band slipped off his finger and fell into the water and sand below.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is, though, we were able to locate the lost ring and return it back to the young man.

The happy couple were now able to enjoy the rest of their vacation!

Lost Ring Found and Returned — Dog Beach Bonita Springs, FL

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

Recently married in February, this gentleman knew he had to do whatever he could to get his Tungsten ring back after losing it in the water while playing with his dog at the Dog Beach in Bonita Springs.

After finding my information on the Ring Finders website and reading of our many success stories in the Naples, Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel areas, he and his wife contacted me and I made arrangements to meet them at the beach to begin my search.

After several targets of trash and soda can tabs, I finally recovered the missing ring.

We all had smiles as the wedding band was back on his hand where it belongs as reflected in the photo.

Naples, Florida : Lost Ring Found at Clam Pass Seagate Beach

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

While playing football with friends at the beach along the water, this young man’s wedding ring flew off and disappeared in the sand.  With the help of his family and friends, they tried searching for it with no success.

After returning to their hotel and browsing the internet on how to find a lost ring, they discovered The RingFinders website and that’s when we received their plea for help as we offer our services to all the beaches in the the Naples area as well as Fort Myers and Sanibel.

To avoid the next morning’s traffic, we all agreed to meet that evening even though it was near midnight by the time we arrived at the beach.

My wife and I both began searching with our top-of-the-line Minelab metal detectors.  In less than 30 minutes, the lost ring had been found and returned!

We are happy that this most recent ring found and returned makes our 44th documented ring recovery for our book of smiles.

Between my wife and I, we have several years of professional metal detecting experience at South Florida area beaches–which include Vanderbilt Beach, Del-nor Wiggins Pass, Barefoot Beach, Naples Pier, Clam Pass, Bonita Springs, Lowdermilk Park, Lover’s Key, Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Captiva Beaches.

 

 

 

Fort Myers Beach — Ring Lost in Sand Found & Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

 
How do you find a lost ring?  Give us a call!  Between my wife and I, we have several years of experience in finding and returning lost jewelry in the Naples, Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel area beaches on land or in the water.  We each have metal detectors, so most times we will both be able to search which increases the chances of finding what was lost.

Here is another example of how our metal detecting service can reunite owners with their precious valuables.  Her smiling face says it all–a beautiful diamond engagement ring lost in the sand at Fort Myers Beach is now back on her hand where it belongs!