I was contacted by Steve on Saturday, March 16 at around 7 PM. He asked me to help find his wife’s 2-Ct Tiffany Platinum and Diamond engagement ring which was lost at the Kaneohe Bay sandbar. The ring slipped off of Marie’s finger while she was catching a ball that was thrown to her without warning.
Sunday March 17, 2013:
I met Steve and Marie at the marina at around 10:00AM. After hearing the story of Marie’s lost engagement ring, the marina’s manager Christopher was kind enough to allow us to hitch a ride to the sandbar on their safety boat. I grabbed my gear and jumped into the safety boat and headed to the sandbar. The trip took about 10 minutes. The sandbar was congested with about 20 boats anchored. The water was approximately ankle-deep and glassy. The water depth increased and the waves started to roll in over the next 3 hours. No ring found.
Sunday March 24, 2013:
Marie and Steve had already left Oahu to go back home to Mississippi. I arranged to have the safety boat take me back out to the sandbar to continue the search. It was drizzling during the boat ride out to the sandbar and over the next 2 hours the weather got really bad. At the sandbar, the drizzle turned into a downpour, the wind picked up, the water level rose by 2’ and the waves were about 1’. We decided to head back to shore.
Saturday March 30, 2013:
Three weeks after Marie’s ring was lost, my friend Preston and his girlfriend took me out to the sandbar using a boat that we rented from the Kaneohe Bay marina. We went out to the sandbar to search for Marie’s lost ring but also to wind down from work and have some fun. There were only a handful of boat anchored. There were storm clouds on the horizon but they were at least a couple hours away. The negative tide completely exposed the sandbar which is normally covered by a few feet of water. About five minutes into my search my Excalibur II gave a strong, low growl. After three weeks of searching, I finally recovered Marie’s ring. I immediately phoned Marie to give her the good news. It was a great reaction as everyone thought that it was gone forever. Everybody on the boat was just as excited as Marie. We spent the next three hours having fun and boating around the bay. As soon as we got back into town, we found the nearest FedEx store and shipped the ring to Marie via 2nd day air. Here she is with her ring safely back on her finger.