Nolan was swimming in Lake Sammamish at his parents lake front property. While treading water Nolan felt his custom made wedding band slip off his finger down to the thick silty lake bed below. Even though a very strong swimmer with excellent breath holds he was unable to locate his lost ring in only eight feet of water. Lost it on Tuesday, contacted me on Wednesday and I arrived on Thursday morning to perform the search and recovery. Nolan and his family had left the day before my arrival on site so his father pointed out the area he was swimming in.
Once again an extremely difficult search without the proper equipment and some experience to go along with the gear. As you will see in the video this ring was not a visible recovery and would only be found with the aid of a diver with proper underwater metal detection equipment.Even with some experience this recovery took two hours under water to recover even when knowing the approximate location.It’s a big lake and very small target as the saying goes it holds true even under water “It’s a game of inches!”
You will see a very condensed view of the recovery, edited out for time were areas of very thick milfoil growth and times when the very silty bottom got disturbed by my actions reducing the visibility to near zero.The aid of the rope line underwater has once again proven to be extremely beneficial in this type of search to keep a strait bearing ensuring every inch of the intended search area is covered! The end result was a successful recovery with smiles all around!
Marilyn contacted me to help recover her lost diamond wedding ring. In early June she was on her private dock when her dog jumped up and his paw happened to catcher her ring pulling it off her finger. This ring was customer made and has a clasp to make it easier to take on and off the finger. Apparently so easy a dog can take the ring off with ease. Marilyn remembers precisely where she was standing on the dock and the direction she was facing however she never heard the ring hitting the dock or water. He husband had helped by removing several boards from the dock in the target area and they searched for days. They even got creative by attaching a plastic basket to a long piece of wood and also a kitchen strainer and had been scooping up gobs of silt from the bottom of the lake. At one point they even had a friend with a metal detector attempting to locate the ring.
As a fist step I searched the dock with my metal detector to make certain it simply wasn’t over looked. After that I got low on the dock and searched at arms length thought the water from the opening with no success. At this point having brought all my SCUBA gear I suited up and took the plunge. Being that this was a very shallow search it was partially obstructed by the dock and we sill didn’t have an exact entry point so it make the most since to to use the SCUBA gear. Having a drysuit also made the work more pleasant. The bottom of this man made lake was full of thick silt and having the ability to remain buoyant off the silt was also an advantage. All though some visual search methods can be used most often heavy metal items are covered by the silt or obscured by plant growth so by having a high quality underwater metal detector has prove to be a key component in the recovery of these lost items under water.
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With a little work I was able to get over the top of the ring with my metal detector and make the recovery a success. Marilyn was very happy to get her ring back with all of the diamonds still securely attached.. I’m also very happy they found The Ring Finders and we were able to make yet another memorable recovery today.
A Mercer Island resident called me this weekend explaining her neighbor had lost his watch after a day of boating at their private dock. He was grabbing for the dock and a nail staged his watch band and down it went to the bottom of Lake WA. Even though it was a nice warm day for a cool swim Fred made several attempts to free dive for his watch but the depth was just beyond his reach along with the silt and mil foil growth adding to the challenge. Fred knew at this point they had to find someone equipped for the recovery. Fortunately his neighbor recalled a past recovery on the lake performed by another RingFinder member. She eventually got me on the phone and the mission was activated. After learning that this was no ordinary watch but a ROLEX I was very happy to oblige, of course I was excited as this would be my fist ROLEX recovery!
This story started prior to November of 2017 when Rowan’s lost his silver and rose gold wedding ring. The weather was warmer, he was enjoying a swim and playing with his dog in Lake Sammamish. In neck high waters he threw a ball for his dog and watched his wedding ring launch into the air dropping within a few feet of him to the bottom of the lake. He spent several hours diving down but could not locate the ring hiding in the sand and millfoil growth.
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Rowan learned of the TheRingFinders from a podcast sometime after his initial loss and decide to find a local recovery specialist to assist him. After he made contact with me he agreed to meet me at the waters edge to point out the precice area hew was in when he lost this ring. At this time due to our schedule we agreed this wold just be a site visit only and that I would return soon after to start the search.
In December I performed the fist SCUBA search for his ring however did not recover it at that time. The weather was poor yet I knew I would be back in better conditions at another time. Being a lake the ring was not going anywhere as with marine waters so my confidence was still very strong.
The walk from the parking area to the water is quite a hike and I was not fully prepared the fist time for optimal transport of my heavy SCBUBA gear. I was in the works of a better transport system and the months slipped by. Fast forward to June 2018, with a better option, a picnic wagon, and warmer tempetatures I sprung into action. I took my Excalibur II dive detector leaving no change of missing the ring this time around! On this second visit I was able to recover Rowan’s ring in the precise location stuffed in the sand in the thicket of a milfoil patch as he told me about.
After contacting Rowan to meetup for the return of his ring I learned he has since moved out of state. So his ring has been proper packed and shipped to him so the two can be reunited once again. Rowan shared his gratitude and was very pleased to learn of the good news.
Thanks again for your patients on this one Rowan. Sometimes these hunts only take a few minutes and other times require a few visits. I am happy in the end we were able to realized a recovery for you!
I received a call from Sheila and she explained to me that she lost her diamond wedding ring in Lake Sammamish, off a private residential dock. While she was dipping her toe over the edge of the dock to check the water temperature for a swim her loose fitting wedding ring of thirty years slipped off her finger into the lake. She continued to tell me that she could see the ring glistening on the bottom. She them jumps into the lake and retrieved the ring from about thirteen feet below. She had no place to secure the ring as she didn’t want it to fall off her finger again during the swim back so she placed it into her moth.
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On her way to shore she was in about chest hight water when she started taking to her friend in the back yard when the ring slipped out of her mouth and back into the lake a second time! At this point her feet had stirred up the silt, boats going by were causing some wakes, she was getting cold and feared she might just keep steeping on the ring burying it deeper. So she noted the area and got out of the water.
She then went on line to find some professional assistance were she found me.
I agreed to assist in the recovery of her ring. Arriving with full dive gear not ever knowing exactly what to expect and how solid the information provided will be this has proven to make these missions much more successful than by simply free diving. Having the proper drysuit to keep warm and conferrable and and redundant air supplies for these types of task take a lot of other issues out of the loop. Of course SCUBA brings with it a whole other required skill set of its own to be done with proper risk management.
Sheila had told me way back in the day there was a lumber mill near the lake and many of their logs are still imbedded in the silt. She also provided a solid landmark that her feet was near one of the planks when she lost the ring the second time. These provided details greatly aided in the recovery effort by firmly marking the target zone of the search efforts.
The search took a bit of time as they sometimes do however I found the ring in the general area under water as Sheila described.
I proceeded to surprise her with the ring and she was very happy to be reunited once again.
A gentleman named Jason contacted me looking for assistance with a shallow water pendant recovery. His daughter was out the day prior and lost a very special yellow gold pendant she had received on her sixteenth birthday. The pendant slipped away from her and fell between the slat of the dock into the water below. This happened at the Seattle T-dock on Lake Washington in the Leschi neighborhood. Jason told me that the water was clear and he could see that the bottom was very shallow so without much additional thought he jumped into the lake. His attempting to recover the pendant was quickly cut short as the cold water was more than he anticipated. This drove him to search for a diver to assist in the recovery. After a few attempts he found TheRingFinders and my Seattle listing with SCUBA support.
Even though on the day of the search the weather was rather warm for Seattle at 80° F, the lake water was still a chilly 55° F. The water was clear and the bottom where the pendant landed was no more than 5′ deep. However many lakes have a very silty bottom and it takes very little to muck up the visibility. Often times heavy jewelry, keys or electronics sink into the silt and are not even visible. Without proper underwater metal detection gear it really can be a lot of used up energy with very little return.
Having a full SCUBA dive kit including environmental protection, a nice warm dry suit, underwater dive lights, proper dive tanks and several underwater metal detectors along with a fist full of experence dynamically increased the odds of a full recovery.
As you will witness in this video report I was able to effectively recover the lost pendant and was happy to return it to this family.
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This family did well having witnessed the precise location the pendant was lost they marked the location and took detailed photos with identifying landmarks. This really helped a lot and made for a very efficient recovery effort. They also were quick to reach out for support only a day after the incident improving their odds in getting a successful recovery.
However please do not be discouraged if you have lost an item of value in a know location in the water or on land but don’t have the exact pin point please call me for a chat. I have also recovered a wedding band that was lost for several years in a yard. Often times we can still locate items that you thought you would never seen again!
Your first step is to contact me so we can brain storm a plan for your lost item recovery mission.
Received a call from a gentleman that while walking on a dock where his boat was moored had his mobile phone slip out of of his pocket and into the shallow waters of Lake Washington. I meet up with Jeff and he showed me the precise location of where the phone went into the water. Being his prime business phone he was eager to have it recovered.
His Samsung Galaxy S8 is a water resistant phone keeping us hopeful that it may still work. Even if it the phone was totally flooded Jeff needed the phone to utilize the lost / damage insurance policy. After a bit of searching with a metal detedtor the phone was found in the precise location of where it fell off the dock. To our surprise it was still dry inside and operating as intended. Having been found in five foot of water saved the phone for sure. Another fun recovery on a cold wet Seattle day…
Back in September of this year Travis and Cora reached out TheRingFinders looking for an under water search specialist to recover their lost wedding band. After a full day on the lake Cora was passing the ring to her husband when it got fumbled and fell to bottom of the lake. It was fortunately in a shallow area in what seemed to be a very simple recovery. Travis dove down several times over a course of weeks then hired a diver from the local dive shop with no success. He then found me though TheRingFinders and my first free diving attempts with my detector wound up insufficient. As the months went on I would occasionally send a note to them that I had not forgotten their lost ring in the lake as I was in the process of getting the proper dive gear and training.
Now December with the holiday season upon us, I was now fully kitted and trained enabling me to make a return visit to the lake to compete the mission. On the day of the recovery Cora and Travis were unaware that I was making another attempt. So we took the opportunity to surprise the family with an exciting ring recovery return…
Watch this video to see the exciting revel when we reunite the ring to its owners!
Noticed a post on Christmas day about some lost keys in the local area. I decided to reach out to the gentleman to gather more details and determined the keys were certainly lost in an isolated location. Rob said he didn’t even think to look for a metal detector but was glad to let me take a crack at finding his items. Day after Christmas with some snow still on the ground, I geared up in full cold weather gear and jumped into a murky mud pit to recover his work keys and a remote control. Another happy recovery made possible by the means of medal detection.
Chris was doing some yard work when his gold wedding bad got lost in the mulch. Very concerned his wife made a post to social media seeking help from anyone with a metal detector. It was a great pleasure recovering Chris’s ring and seeing it returned to his finger.