Lost Wedding Band at Garden City Beach... FOUND!

  • from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)

This is part two of this search. In part one you will see that I had my behind handed to me in two previous hunts for this ring. I posted part one to show that sometime we don’t find them all. I felt like I needed to regroup and approach this third, and possibly final, search for this lost wedding band. This being my first search for a ring from TheRingFinders.com directory had me feeling like I really needed a win. I knew that this was my last chance. Jason Garvin sent me a video that his wife took while they were at the beach the day the ring was lost. Looking at the video I realized that I was not in the right spot based on Jason and my first phone conversation. I hunted again hunted again on Tuesday after seeing the video. Again I was not successful. On Wed. I had the idea of taking a still image of the Garden City Pier, south of Myrtle Beach, from the video and taking it with me to help find this lost gold ring. I also felt like I needed some help from a metal detecting expert. Jim Brouwer, author of the book “Gold Beneath the Waves: Treasure Hunting the Surf and Sand“, is a friend and mentor when it comes to finding lost jewelry on the beach. Jim agreed to help me Saturday morning, one week after Jason lost his family heirloom wedding band. Jim approaches the beach with a scientific mind and I needed all the help I could get. We hit the beach at 6:00 AM to catch the 7:30 low tide. I pulled the picture of the pier from my pocket as we stood on the beach watching the sun begin to rise from the Atlantic Ocean. Sounds warm doesn’t it? It was not. It was 50 degrees, with a water temperature of 65, and the water was not “flat” as the surf report predicted, and it was raining. Jim and I looked at the picture and lined up the light poles, roof lines and pilings as we moved back and forth, up and down the beach. We finally had a visual line of the place that Mrs. Garvin was sitting on the beach when she shot the video. Whoa, another 100 yards up the beach than I had hunted on Tues. We took 5 pieces of PVC pipe and placed our center stake where we were standing. Jim placed each of the next four north and south at 15 paces giving us four grid areas. As we talked about our strategy Jim explained that last Saturday was a New Moon phase and that the knee to thigh deep water that Jason lost his ring was now waist to belly deep. I didn’t like the sound of that. Jim had a wet suit and I did not. This didn’t sound like fun! We hit the water working parallel to the beach using the pier as a visual to try to keep our grid lines straight. Jim on the north grid and me on the south. I worked the first grid area from belly back to thigh deep water and moved to my second set of stakes. I moved back out to belly deep water, trying to keep my head dry from the two foot waves, as I started my second grid. As I approached the center stake area I noticed that Jim was ahead of me in his grid search. As I got to the center stake area I got a signal on the Minelab CTX 30 – 30. A little higher than I wanted to see but it was my only signal in 40 minutes, I was going to dig it. Trying to stay positioned on the target while the waves were smacking me around was difficult to say the least. I waited for a break in the waves and sent the scoop as deep as I could into the sand. I had to bend to shoulder deep to get enough leverage to dislodge the scoop. I planted my right foot in the hole as I raised the scoop to the surface. Staring back at me was a beautiful 6mm gold ring just like Jason described. I headed for the beach and shouted to Jim that I had it. Jim’s chin dropped to the water and he looked like he was hit with a hammer. I didn’t even try to take the ring from the scoop until I was on dry land. Jim came in behind me as I removed the ring. “Is that it”. “Let’s see if it has the right inscription”. I cleaned the ring and then let out a Big Whoop! Jim gave me a high five and then I proceeded to do “the ring dance”. Now people on the beach thought we were really crazy. A “special thanks” to Jim for his help and knowledge given to this effort. Jim postedRing2 this hunt in his own words and pictures on TreasureDepot.com Sand and Surf. Another Page of Smiles in the Ring Finders Book…. Jason’s ring is on its’ way to Missouri.

Jim & Matt


6 Replies to “Lost Wedding Band at Garden City Beach… FOUND!”

  1. Jim Brouwer says:

    Now that I am not being beat up in the surf I have to smile. What a Great Find!!! Great Job Matt!!

  2. Mark Rubey says:

    Way to stick with it! Water hunts in the surf are never a slam dunk.

    1. Matthew Fry says:

      Yes it was…. But it was me getting slammed and dunked.

  3. Chris Turner says:

    Yes great recovery and great determination! Congrats on a fantastic discovery!!!

  4. Jason Bontrager says:

    Congrats from a fellow SC Ringfinder. MB is not florida for sure. The waves are very unkind. Glad you stuck with it… Great recovery HH & GB

  5. John Volek says:

    Nice work, the Texas Coast tends to be just as friendly.

    TRF Houston, Texas

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