Platinum Engagement Ring Lost in the Sand – Found and Returned N. Myrtle Beach, SC

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I received a text message at 9:30 this morning from a Nashville, TN phone number about a lost ring in the sand with additional information that they were leaving to go back home tomorrow. I immediately called back and talked to Ed who told me that his wife, Diane had lost her engagement ring in the sand yesterday and was wondering if I could help. After getting the name of their resort I was on my way and arrived 20 minutes later. I met Ed on the beach and he told me Diane had put her 3 rings in one of her beach bags and that their kids got in the bag to get their towels and other items and her rings ended up in the sand. Ed and their 13 year old son, Greg looked through the sand and found 2 of the rings, one being her wedding band. The one that was still lost was her beautiful Platinum with Diamonds engagement ring.

I started out with a north/south grid search with my White’s Dual Field PI and searched for an hour and a half where they thought the ring might be and also around the area Ed and his son found the other 2 rings and I wasn’t having any luck. I tested the Platinum wedding band 3 different times, the first time in the sand was a good signal, a little while later a second test in the sand was a sporadic signal and the third test was with the wedding band on Ed’s finger and I got nothing! It concerned me enough that I went back home and got my AT Pro and went back and searched the same area – still no engagement ring. By now it’d been a 3 hour search and I was baking in the heat and was exhausted so I called my friend and mentor Jim Brouwer, author of Gold Beneath the Waves, and asked if he was available to help. Jim has never hesitated to come running if he could so he said he’d be there in 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I went back to Ed and Diane asking questions hoping to get a new clue about where the ring might be. After a short period Greg spoke up and said a couple of things about where he thought they may have been. I asked Greg to come with me and tell and show me what he remembered and guess what, he had me a little farther north and closer to the high tide line. Long story short and after moving a couple of beach chairs and umbrellas I had a great solid 46 on the AT Pro exactly what the wedding band had come up as. I called Jim to tell him he didn’t need to come but too late, he had just pulled in the parking lot – Thank You Jim for answering the call!!! Next I texted Ed, who with Diane had taken their kids to get lunch, and said “BINGO” with a picture of Diane’s engagement ring. Meanwhile Jim had met me on the beach and as we were discussing the ring find I saw Ed running out on the beach. He had gotten my text but hadn’t gotten the picture until he was about half way out on the beach. He had told Diane that I was trying to text him and left her and the kids sitting at the table. He couldn’t believe the ring was found. We walked back up to where Diane was and I told him I was going to play with Diane a little bit. We got to the table and I looked at Diane and said how hot and tired I was and she was being sympathetic and then I hit her with “but I found it”. To say she was overjoyed would be an understatement!!! I got a huge hug.  You can tell by their picture they couldn’t have been happier. Their trip back home tomorrow will be a much happier trip I’m sure.

A big thanks to their son Greg who was a tremendous help and saved me a few extra hours of searching.

Ed and Diane, thank you for trusting me to find your precious lost treasure and for the very generous reward. Have a safe trip home.

Jim

Ed and Diane D. - 1 Diane's Platinum Engagement Ring - 1

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4 Responses to “Platinum Engagement Ring Lost in the Sand – Found and Returned N. Myrtle Beach, SC”

  1. Matthew T. Fry says:

    Great Job Jim. Glad to see your success.

  2. Larry Griffith says:

    I was sure the Surf PI was up to the job… just the location was a little off. It’s always nice to have a back up detector just in case. Great find and results.

  3. Rodney Boyette says:

    It is so great to see that this was found and returned. How exactly did this happen. Dis the couple ask you to search for the ring?

  4. Ed & Diane says:

    We are SO thankful to Jim. His hard work and dedication really made the difference on finding this ring. After the first hour, we thought it was basically hopeless. Jim kept pushing on, trying a different detector, trying different areas and talking to everyone he could to get a better idea of where the ring might be. He was not going to give up — and he didn’t! Strangers on the beach were still cheering and talking about him long after he found our ring.

    The ring was insured, but no amount of insurance money would have given us back what Jim gave us — the original ring with all its associated sentimental value. Jim, you are wonderful man and you turned a potentially very sad situation into a joyous memory we will cherish. Thank you so much!!

    Ed & Diane

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