White Gold Engagement Ring Lost in the Ocean Day after Proposal, Sullivan’s Island SC

  • from North Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)

This morning, Wednesday, about 11am, I got a text “Good afternoon. Is this Jim Wren with Ring Finders?” I responded with “Yes.” She came back saying “My name is Mallory, my fiancé Nick proposed on Monday. Yesterday at around 8PM (the day after I got engaged) I got into the ocean at Sullivan’s Island. The tide took my engagement ring right off my finger. I am absolutely devastated…is there anything that could be done?”I called her and got more details. They were here on a little vacation from Chicago after they both graduated from Law School. With the loss of her ring and another issue going on, she wasn’t having a good vacation. I checked the tide tables and low tide on Sullivan’s Island was roughly at 2:30pm and with a 2 ½ hour drive, I could be there about 30 minutes before low tide. I know there are a couple of guys who are Ring Finders around Charleston, but when I’ve called in the past they weren’t available. So, instead of giving Mallory the run around trying to find somebody, and with time being a major factor, I just grabbed my gear and headed south.

When I got there, Mallory and Nick had a parking spot reserved for me. As we walked out on the beach, Nick showed me the area, which was larger than I thought. It was an area about the size of a football field. Luckily, Nick had found a plank on the beach and had used it to mark the spot where they came out of the water after the ring came off. On Tuesday, Mallory was in waist deep water about an hour after high tide. I started a north/south grid line parallel to the high tide line working towards the water line. After about 6 grid lines, I changed directions, and ran the grid line east/west perpendicular to the beach. On my second grid line pass the mid-tide line on the slope, I got a solid 8/9 on the Equinox 800 VDI screen, which is what I was looking for. It was further down the slope than I thought it would be, as well as deeper in the sand than I thought after less than 24 hours. After I got it out of the sand, I had to verify I had the right ring against the picture Mallory had sent. Boom, Perfect match!! I knew Nick and Mallory were watching, so I just held my arm up. Nick saw it first and came running, Mallory wasn’t too far behind him. Big smiles and hugs. Total search time was about 35-40 minutes.

Nick/Mallory – thank you for trusting me and The Ring Finders to find your beautiful engagement ring. Best of luck to both of you in all your future endeavors.




9 Replies to “White Gold Engagement Ring Lost in the Ocean Day after Proposal, Sullivan’s Island SC”

  1. Genevieve says:

    This is an amazing! No one will be able to top this engagement story!

  2. Marsha Burney says:

    Can’t believe you found the ring and can’t thank you enough. It has been a rollercoaster ride for these two amazing kids, thank you for making the treasure find of a lifetime for Mallory and Nick.

  3. Griff says:

    Great job Jim! Chances of finding it were not good.

  4. Mallory says:

    We are so thankful! We had truly accepted that the ring was gone. If there’s even a small chance that anyone out there thinks their ring could still be in the water, give Jim a call! He’s a miracle worker. Thanks again Jim!!

  5. Brian Burney says:

    Love this company!!!

  6. Nick McTarnaghan says:

    We (obviously) could not have found our ring without Jim. A day after losing the ring, we were just beginning to accept the fact that it might be gone when we found Jim’s page. He drove 2.5 hours to us, without hesitation. He seemed so confident he could find the ring, that we began to believe he could. Lo and behold, he dug it out of the sand half an hour later. Thank you Jim, your help means the world! If you’ve lost your ring, call Jim. if anybody can find it, Jim can.

  7. Dan Stewart says:

    I’m the Uber driver who drove Nick and Mallory to meet up with you on Wednesday. On the way to Sullivan’s, they told me the whole story. I honestly didn’t think there was much chance of finding the ring, but I was curious enough to Google your article. Congratulations!

  8. Crystal says:

    Great job Jim! You saved the day.

  9. Grace says:

    THANK YOU, You were an answer to our prayers. Not enough words to express our gratitude to someone who went “above & beyond”. You are a special guy. Again, a great big THANK YOU, Grandma Grace

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