I received a call yesterday from a family friend. It was the dreaded “well, we have a friend that lost his ring in wolf lake, we’re trying to find it but need your help”. The location was marked on a cell phone app, and Nancy was able to submerge a water bottle just under the surface for additional accuracy at my request.
I went to bed last night looking at topo maps on my phone and getting a good idea on depth, and the size of the location. Many scenarios ran thru my head, was the ring lost on the boat and believed to be lost in the water, how long was it missing before it was realized, how much alcohol consumption took place before the ring was lost, etc…
This morning came after hours of tossing and turning, and the excitement of another search. A 40 minute drive to the lake, many totes and tanks carried to the boat, followed by a three person cheerleader squad and we were off!
The area was circled for a few minutes until the marker was found, submerged just under the surface. I checked my gear, suited up and jumped in. Observations from the day prior put most of the activity just past the marker, in 4′ of water. This would be my starting point for the search.
As I deflated my BC, I oddly enough wondered if I would be able to smash my fastest recovery record of 1 minute. My thoughts were disturbed by a shallow surface signal seconds later.
I couldn’t see the bottom due to the amount of silt present, but I was able to isolate the area of the signal. Grabbing a handful of silty sand and sifting it between my fingers, the amazing sight of a ring appeared. This led to the “Rockstar plung” upward, arm outstretched for my final time of 30 seconds!!!!
In absolute disbelief, Nancy and Ethan gave me a stunned look which quickly changed to disappointment as they realized not even one beer had been opened yet.
I swam a victory lap hoping to find another valuable target on the sandbar with no luck, returning to the boat to put my gear away.
A short boat ride back to the dock, and the carrying of many heavy totes and tanks puts this one into the record book!! The quickest find yet, that may never be broken!!
Nancy K Dunfield, Ron and Ethan, THANK YOU for the thought and call, I had an absolute blast and I’m glad i could help!