We got a call from the gentleman above late on a Friday afternoon. Said he had fallen out of a boat on a small private lake in Weatherford,Tx and wondered if we would come try to find it. I said we would be happy to but it would have to wait a week as were on our way to the airport to leave for vacation in Cancun for a few days. I loved his response, he said “well it ain’t going nowhere”. We agreed I would call him in a week when we returned.
As promised we called the following week and spoke with John about his ring, he explained that he and a friend were coming in from fishing on a small boat, he had stood up just at the moment his friend decided to pull the boat up a little higher on the bank. When that happen, John lost his footing and fell into the lake. He said he could feel his wedding band slipping off but could do nothing about it. The waters edge was slippery and covered in algae and dropped off about 5-6ft in depth.
John found “The Ring Finders” website and located us.
Ellen & I drove 75 miles to the spot on the highway to meet John and have him and buddy lead us back on the dirt roads to where the lake was. I set up my gear and went into the lake, it was amazing how deep it got so close to the shore. John told me while I was in the water that he had used swimming pool cleaning poles to try and drag the ring up on shore and he also had a friend bring out his metal detector but no luck finding the ring. I spent maybe 20 minutes in the water getting a feel for the area where John thought the ring would be. I was getting lots of hits on my detector and using my water scoop was very difficult in the muddy bottoms. As I went to change hands with my equipment my detector passed over a flat rock covered in algae and my Garrett AT Pro went off loudly so I knew something was there. I reached over with my hand and felt along the top of the rock and there was John’s wedding ring. My wife and John had been talking along the bank and I said “hey John would you like to have your ring back?” and held up his gold wedding band . He was flabbergasted, he said over and over “I thought I would never see it again”. These reactions are what make this so much fun.
My wife was filming with her IPhone and began to ask John some questions. He said this was the first time this ring had been off his finger in 57 YEARS. He buddy then said, ‘tell them what you did’. John replied with a sheepish grin, “I did not tell my wife” he said I have a friend who owns a Pawn Shop who got him a temporary wedding ban to wear until we could hopefully find his ring. We laugh and laughed. Then John said…. “I wonder if the Pawn Shop with take the other ring back”.
It was a wonderful day.
Another great find for “The Ring Finders”
Don & Ellen Wilson