I got a text message early Tuesday morning about a lost wedding band in Pawleys Island. I called Eric back and started asking about how the ring was lost. Eric explained that the afternoon before, he was racing to the stairs of the beach house that he and his wife Pilar were staying with some friends. He was running and clapping his hands when he felt the ring fly from his finger. Given the location of the loss being in Pawley Island and he lost it in the dry sand I was not too worried about the ring going anywhere. I asked Eric if I could meet him at the beach house after work that afternoon.
I met Eric on the beachside stairs to his vacation rental. We walked to the beach, and he explained the events of the previous day. I drew a box in the sand 15 yards by 25 yards with my sand scoop. I asked him, in my cockiness, “What do you think, 5 minutes or less?” I finished the grid and did not find his ring. Eric was looking on as we shared the same bewilderment. I expanded the grid toward the beach tent still standing on the beach. This would have been the starting point of his foot race. No luck. I moved back to the top of the grid toward the sand dunes. Again, no luck. Eric was just walking up the stairs to the house as I followed him into the small trail between the dunes and sea oats. Halfway up the trail I got a nice gold tone signal in the headphones. The screen on my CTX 30-30 had a reading of 12:28. I shouted to Eric as I knew before digging that I had his wedding band. I scooped a small bit of sand, waved the hole with the detector, and knew his ring was in the scoop. I plucked the treasure out and handed it to him as he got to the bottom of the stairs. Eric started laughing as he told me that he was no longer in “The Doghouse”. This wedding band gets to continue its story with Eric and Pilar. They have been married for 6 years.
Eric, Thank you for the generous reward. I wish you all the best.