I got the E-Mail this morning @ 6:15 am from Melissa saying that her and some friends were at the beach yesterday and she had lost her Diamond Platinum Wedding Band… I told her time is of the utmost importance for a quick recovery… She agreed to meet me at the beach in less than 2 hours…A Safe returned Platinum Ring this morning… after two long hours of searching the mudflats of the bay, I asked Melissa if she could show me where she moved her chair too when the tide chased her up on the beach…Ten minutes and Ten feet away BANG… I told her she may want to come over and see what I am about to uncover… I said this sounds and looks like it may be your ring…sure enough it was a beautiful Wedding Band Platinum with Diamonds were staring up at the both of us… Another great day, and feeling excited for her to get it back on her finger…
Thank you again!! I’m so happy to have my ring back.
Yesterday a few of my friends and I took our annual beach trip with our four year olds to the beach in my town. Before we left, I stashed my engagement and wedding rings in a Ziploc bag while I put some sunblock on my daughter. I forgot all about them until I pulled something out of the bag for the third or so time since we arrived at the beach and noticed that I didn’t see my wedding band. My heart dropped. While one friend took our kids to get ice cream, another friend and I frantically searched both the first spot where we’d set our things down (which was now nearly underwater) and the spot where we’d landed after our exodus. Knowing that I wouldn’t have much time to devote to the search, I did my best to remember the spot we were in, though I pretty much gave up hope that I’d ever see my ring again.
On a whim later that night, I consulted Google with a query of “lost wedding band on beach” and the first site that popped up was theringfinders.com. I searched for ring finders in my area, emailed Leighton first thing the next morning and had a response from him within the hour. After speaking to him on the phone, we decided to meet at the beach in a little over an hour, and I headed home from work. When we met, Leighton was realistic but upbeat, and said that if he found the ring, he would be on a good role for the week.
Using location data from a geotagged photo we took at the beach, we tried to isolate the first spot where I thought I might have lost it, and despite nearly two hours, a lot of ground covered, and a lot of hopes dashed every time we located a bottle cap, pull tabs, and broken aluminum can tops, we moved up to the second spot. Here, I had a better idea of where it could have been but less hope that it would be there, and I kept expecting Leighton to give up. But he kept at it, In what felt like no time at all, he heard something promising, called me over to see what he may uncover, he was certain this could be the ring, and there it was! Staring up at the both of us, It was easily one of the best moments of disbelief I’ve ever felt, and I frankly still can’t believe he found it. Thank you, Leighton, for your responsiveness, diligence and positive attitude! In less than 24 hours I had my ring back on my finger. I’m so happy I didn’t break his streak!