I received an email July 22nd from Todd about a lost wedding band. Todd was enjoying the beach with family, six days ago, with his wife Danielle and three children. Playing in the water near high tide, Todd felt the ring come off his finger in the waist deep surf. The loss happened 6 days before on the 16th. Joking about being in the “Dog House” with his loving bride Danielle, he asked if I thought it was possible to find his ring. The very ring that she put on his finger 9 years before.
Todd told me that he lost the ring between Beach Access 1 and Beach Access 2. I said, “Todd that is a block of beach and it was six days ago”. I was not feeling good about this already. Todd then explained that when he felt the ring slide off he paused and composed himself and got some good landmarks on the beach. He told me about a beach house that had a set of stairs that came out to the beach a little farther than the other beach house stairs. He said He was just a couple yards south of that when he lost his ring. Low tide that afternoon was going to be around 3 as I went to the beach to search. When I got there I found the beach packed with beach goers. I knew that I would have a hard time holding any kind of grid pattern so I returned home. I would get up at 4 in the morning and work the beach without the hindrance of all the people. Getting to the beach in the dark I walked until I got to the set of stairs Todd had told me about. I started what was going to be a 40 yard grid in shin deep water, working back to dry sand. It was about 30 to 40 minutes when I got a crisp signal on my “old friend”(CTX 30-30). Pin Point was telling me 12 inches as I set the sand scoop to work. It was just getting light enough to see the ring in the bottom of the scoop. I laughed to myself, alone on the beach, and did “The Ring Dance” as the sunrise was just breaking the morning. I sent Todd a text message showing him my office for that moment, along with another picture of his lost wedding band. He responded almost immediately with his disbelief and joy. I knew he was probably doing his own ring dance in Kentucky. I have to give Todd credit for composing his anxieties and paying attention to his surroundings when he felt the ring leave his finger. Without that knowledge to work with I may never have found it. Great Job in putting me on the right spot.