Engagenent ring lost in the surf

  • from New South Wales (Australia)

I teceived a call from Amy last Thursday hoping that I could assist her to locate her 18 carat gold and solitaire diamond engagement ring that she had lost in the surf on Samurai Beach on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia the day before. No worries I told her and jumped in the car for the two hour drive.

The surf was small and it was low tide. After a pooling of memory resources from several people who were present at the time of the loss and helped Amy in the initial search, a search area was set up marked by PVC poles.

What concerned me was the very soft sand at one end of the rectangular search area. If the ring fell off there it was going to be burried deeply. Maximum sensitivity on the Minelab Excalibur II was required. After about twenty minutes of searching and one random target recovered, I heard a feint yellow gold tone and the dig was on. Because of the large diamond in the ring I dug by hand for fear of dislodging the precious stone from the ring with my scoop and after about ten minutes of digging I felt that unmistakeable ring shape with a large lump on it about 18 inches down. Out came Amy’s engagement ring to a huge round of applause from all those watching.

Amy, it was a pleasure to meet you and the people who assisted you. Thank you for trusting me to recover your ring and for the generous reward.