Sunday, August 12, 2012:
I received a call from Matt who stated that his mother Joan lost her ring in the water off of the Outrigger Waikiki. I met Matt and Joan a couple hours later on the beach fronting Duke’s Waikiki, right around 3pm. I was planning on going diving for the ring since it was initially thought to be in 5’ of water. The water was very murky due to the turbulence from the rotor-wash of the catamarans that pull up to the beach. I wasn’t able to see a foot in front of me so I put my diving gear away and donned a weight belt to keep me stable in the rough surf. The ring was thought to be about 30’ offshore. I tried to mark a grid as best as possible but I was constantly getting pushed off a meter or so by the waves which were at some points over head high. The turbulence is really what made the search take so long. After searching an area about 200sqft, I moved towards the shoreline. Fast forward a few hours, just as Joan had lost all hope and motioned for us to come back in, I got a solid reading on my metal detector. I was in about 4’ of water and about 30’ from where Joan felt her ring leave her finger. After about 5 hours of searching, Joan’s 3-carat diamond solitaire was finally reunited to its owner.