Monday, April 28, 2014
Laura Citron, a genuinely sweet gal from Atlanta GA was enjoying a charity auction outing with a former college roommate at South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, FL. They were enjoying the unseasonably warm gulf waters when her cherished gold, platinum and diamond ring suddenly slipped off her finger in waist deep water. Helpful resorters and three eager lads frantically searched for the ring for some time–all to no avail. The sentimental and material loss, along with not knowing how her husband would react, for the moment, seemed more than she could bear. She had also dropped her “scheduled insurance endorsement” for the ring on her homeowners policy two years previously.
Theringfinders.com now springs into action. A helpful captain of a cruise boat found our website and gave Laura my phone number. She gave me a call, but unfortunately my wife and I were unavailable for an immediate response for her desperate call for help. Due to the late hour of the day, I then decided to call my in laws whom we live with and are associate ring finder hobbiests with my wife and I. I passed on Laura’s contact information to them. My in laws had friends visiting from Indiana and the four of them met Laura the next day at South Seas Island Resort to search for the ring.
Laura and her friend seemed to have a fairly accurate description as to where the ring was lost. After 90 minutes of searching, the prospects of a successful recovery were starting to look grim having already searched over 200 feet of beach front in shoulder deep water. However, after expanding the search another 20 foot northward in chest deep water, the Minelab Excaliber II gave that familiar sound every ring finder loves to hear! Bingo–another successful recovery.
By this time there was quite a little gathering of hopeful enthusiasts including some resort staff, awaiting the outcome of this intense search. Needless to say, the reuniting of this ring with its rightful owner, brought tears, cheers, high fives and finally, a night of restful sleep. Within minutes, this happy reunion via Facebook was announced to the world. Although some in the crowd called this find “a miracle” it was actually the result of persistent grid searching in combination of having the right equipment for the task.