Tyler texted me around 9:30pm on Saturday. His message was, “my fiancé is in the Outer Banks and lost her engagement ring today. Would you possibly be able to help?” I answered, “possibly, please have her give me a call.” He said that she probably would not call until tomorrow. I explained that in OBX, tides and weather move things around so the sooner the better.
Joanna called a short time later. She explained that she was in the water at close to high tide and a wave hit her, knocking her over, and the ring was gone. I met Joanna at the rental the next day and we walked to the beach. I explained that in the Outer Banks wave action and energy is tremendous so the chance that I find it after two high tides is rather remote. She understood. Joanna went back to the rental to pack-up since they had to leave early.
As is my custom, I prayed. Then, I began the search. I fired up the XP Deus II and started where she said they put their items down. I continued to the waterline and the surf was rougher than I expected. I decided to go as deep as I could at the exact spot she thought she lost her ring.
I got an immediate hit. It was a 41. Could it be? Fighting the waves I dug the first scoop and a second. Nothing. A big wave crashed around me. I took a third scoop and the signal disappeared. I had whatever it was. As I spread the sand over the beach a beautiful diamond glistened in the sand!
I texted Joanna that I needed her to come back to the beach because I had questions about exactly where it was lost. She said that she would as soon as they finish packing. I hooked the ring to a clip for safety and waited. When she appeared I asked her to describe again how she lost it and where while I videoed her. When she finished I unclipped the ring and said, “Does it look like this?” TEARs of Joy. As we walked back to the rental house Joanna’s friends came out and shared in the celebration.