I was driving home from a vacation in the mountains when I got a call from Jim Wren (TRF North Myrtle Beach). Jim had just gotten a call from Amie about a lost wedding band and engagement ring set that were lost in the water in Myrtle Beach. Amie had already returned to Fayetteville, NC. Amie lost her rings near high tide which for us is always a good thing as we should be able to find the rings in dry sand after the tide recedes. I told Jim that I was driving back to the beach and could not get there any time soon. Jim Wren was also driving back in from an out of town trip and was also unavailable. Jim Wren called trusted friend Jim Brouwer to see if he could give it a shot. The two Jims decided that they would work together that night around midnight as the tide would have gone down enough to open up the search area from both water and people. After 3 hours, they did not have any luck in their efforts.
Jim Wren called me the next morning and explained the hunt and its’ outcome. He asked if I wanted to take over the call as it was in Myrtle Beach and he had another hunt in North Myrtle. Working with a little better information Jim Brouwer and I met at that awful hour of midnight to once again make search for these rings. I got to the beach a little early and started to eliminate areas on the beach. Brouwer showed up and could see the grid lines left in the sand by my sand scoop. Brouwer began working south of the area as I kept expanding the grid north. An hour into the search I got a very weak 12:03 on my CTX 30-30. I really expected to dig up a piece of foil, but was pleasantly surprised to see a diamond engagement ring in the sand pile. I turned around to face Brouwer 80 yards away. I turned on the flasher on my headlamp for him to see me. As Jim approach I showed him the ring and told him the other ring had to be around this area. Jim and I cross grid a 10 yard area for another 30 minutes without success. On a couple occasion both of us passed on a scratchy signal that barely caught the attention of our detectors. Jim decided to max out the sensitivity on his Equinox and research the same area around where I found the first ring. Sure enough, 5 feet away from the first ring, Jim unearthed the wedding band match to the found engagement ring at 11 inches. Two old guys on the beach at 1:30 in the morning doing the happy ring dance caught the attention of two young guys that were fishing nearby. They were pleased with our finds as well and there to witness and take a picture of Jim and I with “Ring Dance Smiles”
Amie’s ring are back on her finger where they belong. The same finger that her husband Charles placed them on 22 years ago.