Lost and Found Engagement Set Huntington Beach State Park

  • from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)

I received a phone call this morning from Gina and she explained that she needed some help. Gina told me that she lost her 14kt gold wedding band and engagement ring, that had been soldered together, on the beach while playing with her two lovely daughters and husband Chris. Gina explained that she lost the ring set on Monday. She had contacted another metal detectorist from on line that has a name very simalar to The Ring Finders in our Myrtle Beach area. Gina made arrangements to meet this other detectorist on Tuesday to see if they could find the rings. After waiting most of Tuesday for a phone call, she called him back. She had been stood up as the fellow told her he had other things to do. On Wednesday Gina and Chris rented a metal detector and tried for several hours with no luck. Gina felt sick for having lost her rings and she made one more effort to find some help. Gina found The Ring Finders on line late Thursday night and followed the directory to my web-page.

I met Gina, Chris and their lovely girls at Huntington Beach State Park, about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach, at 10:45 on Friday morning’s low tide. Gina told me that she felt that she could use a detector so along with my Minelab CTX 30 – 30, I brought my Goldbug Pro so she could help in the search. I gave her a run down on the machine and turned her loose. Gina worked the 60 x 80 yard grid line parallel to the water as I started the grid from top to bottom of the beach.After 1 1/2 hours we exhausted the grid lines and started focusing on where people were sitting inside of the grid. Gina was close to giving up but I told her to stay positive. Graciously we asked each group if they could move as we explained what we were doing. After getting a few groups to move I put back on the head phones. It wasn’t but a few minutes when I heard a scream through my headphones. I turned to see my metal detector and sand scoop lying in the sand at Gina’s feet and she had her hand over her mouth as she was crying. Cheers erupted from people on the beach. I started laughing as I realized that this is just another form of “The ring dance”. After tears, laughs, high fives, and of course hugs and kisses we headed for our cars. All the way to the parking lot Chris just kept saying “No Way”. As it turns out Chris told Gina that if we found the ring he would ask her to marry him all over again. So, I had the added thrill of watching Chris propose to Gina in front of the Ranger Station. Way to go Chris and Gina, and thank you for the handsom reward. A prayer for traveling mercies back to Michigan.




7 Replies to “Lost and Found Engagement Set Huntington Beach State Park”

  1. Jim Wren says:

    Awesome find Matt – great job. Hope this is only the start of things to come.

  2. Chris Turner says:

    Amazing that she found her own ring! Glad you told her not to give up the search.

  3. Great story and result. Another reason to make sure to call TheRingfinders.com. Dependability and service are imperative when someone is depending on locating a lost ring.

  4. Jason Bontrager says:

    Way to go Matt!!! There is only one group like THERINGFINDERS ! Other may want to copy but you can’t duplicate our dedication to go above and beyond in finding that lost ring. We have a great hobby and you showed it by letting her search with you. Great story.. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Matthew Fry says:

      Thanks Jason. Gina had used a detector before and was an EZ student. I set up the machine for the search and explained what it would be showing on different targets. I just had to explain to her how to work our grid area. She went north – south, I went east – west. We made a great team as I was limited on time that day. I can’t believe the other detectorist stood her up without a phone call. Not professional.

  5. Gina Schultz says:

    I am still in awe! I can’t say thank you enough, you were there so soon. You dropped everything to help someone you didn’t know. Thank you,I feel like a newly engaged woman and cannot stop looking at my ring. People say I should have played the lottery, I tell them that day I won the lottery. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. Matthew Fry says:

      Thanks Gina! You are a newly engaged woman. I watched Chris propose. The successful return of a ring is very exciting for us as well. We thrive on the tears, silly giggles and most especially the “Smiles”. Tell your friends where ever in the world they may be… TheRingFinders.com. Help us to help them.

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