Lost Diamond & Gold Wedding Ring at White Plains Beach...FOUND!!!

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This ring find began when I got a call Friday evening from Tracy who lives in Kailua. Tracy works for NOAA Hawaiian Monk Seal Rescue and was currently involved with a rescue at White Plains Beach. Her team was in the process of removing a fish hook from the throat of a Hawaiian Monk Seal when Tracy found her wedding ring getting tangled in the process. She remove the ring and placed it in the back pocket of her shorts and continued with the assistance on the monk seal. The team decided the monk seal would require sedation and in patient care so they transported the monk seal to their sanctuary for surgery. With the monk seal safely in transport Tracy went to retrieve her ring from her back pocket and it was gone. She and her team looked around the beach but it was no where to be found. The lifeguards at White Plains gave Tracy my number and we decided to meet the next morning for the hunt. An accident on the freeway made me about an hour late but Tracy patiently waited. When I arrived Tracy took me down to the spot on the beach from the moment she placed the ring in her short’s pocket. There was quite a bit of beach to search and the area was fairly trashy so I had to work through the chatter. After searching the first area with no luck Tracy showed me the path she took to the next area she was in. Nearly halfway to that spot along the path I got a great signal and one scoop down I retrieved the target. Looking in the scoop and pulling out the ring I showed Tracy and said, “Nah! This can’t be your ring.” She looked over in utter amazement and said, “Yes! That’s it!” A hug of relief and Tracy called her husband to give him the good news. Tracy was so thankful and said the knot she had in her stomach instantly went away. Aloha to Tracy! BTW the Hawaiian Monk Seal had the fish hook successfully removed and was returned to the wild that morning. Mahalo to the Team for their dedication and hard work keeping these beautiful creatures healthy!

2 Replies to “Lost Diamond & Gold Wedding Ring at White Plains Beach…FOUND!!!”

  1. Tracy says:

    Thank you Joe! You are awesome! I still cannot believe you found my ring. I thought it would be lost forever on the beach or to Mother Ocean. I don’t know what I expected when I arranged to meet you on the beach to search, but I felt I had to at least try. And you actually did it, you found my wedding ring! I still cannot believe it, especially after all the places the ring could have been. Thank you for what you do. Until now I had no idea that people like you existed. Joe’s not just a guy with a metal detector, he cares and has pretty good skills 🙂

  2. Tracy says:

    Aloha Joe!!! Thanks for finding her engagement ring. I gave that ring to her in an old abbey in Co. Clare Ireland. It was there that we promised ourselves to eachother. That ring has a lot of memories for us. Thanks again, sir!! Mark

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