This recovery was a bit unique in the ammount of attention it received thanks to social media. I was tagged in a facebook post by a friend of a woman desperatley pleading for assistance recovering a wedding band set that was lost at the beach a few days prior. This facebook post was shared over 12,ooo times, YES 12,000 times! After making contact with the client and getting details I headed up to search for the set. This beach was about two hours from my normal search area but the client was very distraught so I decided to give it a go. I arrived at the beach around 6pm on August 3rd. This beach showed signs of extreme sand mvement, which is never a good sign as targets can be buried and moved along the beach in just one tide passing. After searching for several hours I got a tone I was hoping for and out popped the missing wedding band. I searched for over two more hours for the engagement band but was not able to locate it. Two other fellow Ring Finders were going to search for the second band the next day. fter four hours of searching they too were unable to locate the missing engagement band. A day later a fourth detectorist offered assistance and it was also noted that several feet of sand had been carried off of the same beach by the previous tide cycle. The fourth detectorist was able to find the engagement band after a hour or so long search in the same area previously searched. BTW: I believe another Ring Finder has been created after he (detectorist #4) got a chance to see the reaction of the client being reuinted with the engagement band.
Origional FB Post and update via client:
***** please please please share this post!!!*****
Today was a very hard day for me. I went to the beach with my family and it was a great time! Until I lost my wedding band and engagement ring in the water. I didn’t even feel it fall off, but I am completely distraught over this. For those of you that don’t know my engagement ring was my mothers that me and my family had redone. My mother passed away 30 years ago when I was a little girl. This ring I never took off for anything. We are offering a reward to anyone that finds the set or just the engagement ring! They both had diamonds around the whole thing with a little space underneath with no diamonds for sizing, the engagement ring was Marquise am seriously hoping for a miracle I know that it may. It happen but I am begging if someone does find it please please return it it means the world to me. Here a some pictures from my wedding day of the rings. We were at manasquan beach in NJ.
I HAVE RECOVERED BOTH YES BOTH OF MY RINGS!!!! Thank you to all of the amazing people that helped me along this journey. This post was shared over 12k times. And with lots of prayers, tears and hope I got them back!!!!! Thank you to all that helped, prayed and searched. My wedding band was found on Thursday night by Jeff Laag late in the night. And my mothers ring was found this morning early this am by Antony Hodge. I cannot thank these two men enough!!! They took time to do this for me because they knew how much it meant to me. A pure miracle, it gives hope knowing that there are still amazing people out there. Thank you thank you thank you. ❤️❤️❤️
Recovered this gold band fron the beach on August 8th in Sea Isle City after a brief hunt.
This recovery also took place August 8th in Ocean City. It took longer to walk onto the beach than it did to find the ring. The client was ecstatic as was her husband.
Clients review of service: “Jeff reassured us from the beginning. He was prompt, could NOT have been more kind, and found my ring in less than 10 minutes!! He is amazing. As a jewelry professional, I can truly appreciate the value of his services, but just as important is his earnest approach to this process.”
Client had lost his white gold band after it slipped out of his cup holder on his beach chair while rinsing it off at the end of the day Tuesday. On Thursday the client and a couple friends rented a detector to attempt to locate the ring themselves. Having no luck on their own, they chose to reach out for assistance. After speaking with Mark I took the short ride up to Ocean City and met with the group. Searched for about an hour and a half with no luck, shortly after everyone had left the beach I ended up snagging the band in the bottom of a ripple trough pool. Another happy couple.
Clients review of service: “So grateful for all of your hard work today! We can now end our vacation on a happy note thanks to you!”
Recovered this ring for a beach tagger that had lost the ring during her shift along the beach ramp entrance. Took about thirty seconds to locate the ring in the dry sand.
Had a successful recovery yesterday afternoon. This MIT class ring was dropped in the ocean Wednesday afternoon. Recovered it today after about an hour a half search in chest deep, low tide water much to the relief of the client.
I was tagged in a Facebook group post regarding a women that had lost her ring on the beach the previous day. After being contacted by the client I strongly recommended that we needed to search for this ring ASAP as items in the dry sand are far more vulnerable to being picked up by a freelance Detectorist during the summer months. I gathered some additional details & headed down to the beach to take a look. After about an hour or so of searching I was able to pick this beautiful platinum diamond band out of the sand around 10:45 PM.
Clients review of service: “Jeff is an angel. He searched for my wedding band late at night and found it! I’m eternally grateful for his kindness.”
Received a call on July 5th for a lost class ring. The client was very helpful by noting landmarks and tide position. Met the client at the beach the next afternoon, in the rain, and was able to recover the ring from waist deep, moderately angry surf in about 15 minutes.
Received a call July 3rd for a lost gold wedding band that was dropped in the surf on July 2nd in the afternoon. After about an hour long hunt I was able to recover the 16 yr old band. Client, as well as his wife, was thrilled to have his band back on his finger!
Clients Review of Service:
K Gold Wrote: “I still can’t thank Jeff enough for finding my wedding band.
I lost it on Sunday around 2:00 in knee deep water in Wildwood Crest.
I called Jeff the next morning and he suggested we head back that morning due to the tides.
Jeff set up a grid around where we thought it might be. Around 35 minutes later it was back on my finger.
Was tagged in a FB post last Saturday afternoon regarding a wedding band that was lost on the beach. After returning home from a week long vacation I spoke with the client regarding the details and suspected area the ring was dropped. Took the new Whites 300id out for its first recovery as my “go to” unit is out for some repairs and was able to recover the ring in knee deep, low tide, water.
Clients review of service:
T Nolan Wrote: “Thank you so much for finding my husbands ring!! It was so thoughtful of you to take time out of your day to help us!! We will always remember this event!!”
B Nolan Wrote: “Just want to say a huge thank you to you Jeff, yesterday afternoon I lost my wedding ring waist deep in the water on North Cape May beach. Jeff got in contact with me and from the very first thing was a pleasure to deal with. I never though it would be found and after telling a few land marks from were I could remember Jeff was able to go in the water and find it. I truly thought I would never see the ring again and a day later Jeff found it. It truly is nothing short of a miracle. Thank you so much Jeff!!!!!”