iPhone Lost in the Dry Sand, Found and Returned North Myrtle Beach, SC

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

I got a call this morning from Sarah saying that she had contacted Joe Denton, Minelab Distributer in Little River, SC to buy a metal detector to find an iPhone. Joe recommended me and she was wondering if I could help. She said her friend Shelby had lost her phone in the dunes and they knew the exact area using the “find my phone” app. I told her I’d be there in 15 minutes.

When I got to the Cherry Grove Beach, Shelby and Sarah were waiting at the beach entrance. We walked out on the beach and directly to the area where the iPhone was lost. The story was that they were on the beach the night before and Shelby’s phone fell out of its “safe place” and disappeared in the sand. They searched in the dark with no luck and started again first thing this morning. Unfortunately, the phone was lost in the dunes, which can get you a nice little ticket if you get caught by the beach patrol. So, as I detected, I used extreme caution so I wouldn’t cause any damage. There was no doubt that her phone wasn’t there. In my head I thought this would be a quick and easy find, but it never works out that way. I kept expanding my search area north and south but wasn’t finding her phone. Finally, Shelby saw a wrapper she remembered from the night before that she thought was her phone. Sure enough, just a few feet away, buried in an upright position and covered with sand, I got a solid 15 on the VDI. Using my hands to dig under the sand, I pulled it out. Both Shelby and Sarah were thrilled to say the least. After I gave the phone back to her, she immediately opened the case to ensure her driver’s license was still there, thankfully it was.

Sarah – Thanks for giving me a call.

Shelby – Thank you for trusting me to help find your lost treasure. Have a great break from your studies at Duke and enjoy the beach.

Jim

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