Ed & his wife Julie from Southampton were visiting friends for the day frolicking on Swanage Beach. Unfortunately it ended in disaster when Ed noticed the ring which he had been wearing for the past ten years disappeared into the soft sand.
When called I was concerned about its recovery due to the close proximity to a small stream cutting through the beach washing items deeper into the sand and for the fact it had been several days since its initial loss.
The search was pretty standard- scanning up and down and mapping out a grid by dragging my scoop. after 15 minutes of search up she come with a bellowing noise through my headset.
Ed & Julie were very pleased to have the ring back and made a kind donation to the Margret Green Animal Charity.
We all appreciate that warm feeling when feeding the birds but for Mrs Andrews of Poole, Dorset it left her feeling extremely upset.
Whilst tossing bread to the hungry sparrows in her Poole back garden, suddenly she felt her wedding band, that she rarely took off, slip from her finger and disappear somewhere into her garden grass. Several attempts were made by herself and husband but to no avail fearing it had disappeared deep into the bushes and lost forever.
I received the call and visited a few days later prepared for a ‘hands and knees’ search in and out of bushes. After only 5 minutes searching the Detector screamed the cry of gold and there it was- almost under a bush some 4 meters away.
Mrs Andrews was very appreciative to wear the ring again and very kindly donated to the Margret Green Animal Charity.
David & family were on holiday in Bournemouth having driven down from their home in Swindon. One evening David visited Branksome beach & buried his car keys in the sand for safe keeping whilst he took a swim. After his swim & returning to his car it was there he remembered where he’d left the keys. Trouble was… he couldn’t remember the spot. Fortunately he had some spares sent to him so that he wasn’t without transport.
When I received Davids call he explained he was there for only another day or two. We met the very next morning before I went to work & after half an hour searching, things were looking ‘concerning’. However just outside the proposed area the jagged signal of keys were heard & up they come!
David was very relieved to get the keys back. Anyone who has lost house & car keys before know the extortionate cost & aggravation to replace them! He has made a kind donation to the Margret Green Animal Sanctuary.
Ali & husband from London had enjoyed a day on Swanage beach but soon it was going to end. Brushing the sand from her fingers, Ali felt the ring fly off but in which direction??
I met them only an hour after receiving their call & I knew this was going to be a short & sweet recovery. So sure was I, I even let Ali take the CTX herself & ‘have a go’ at finding it.
Sure enough, within 5 mins, not quite where they thought it had gone, the CTX gave the moan of white gold. With one scoop Ali produced the ring & was very relieved to have it back on her finger . They have made a kind donation to the Margret Green Animal Sanctuary.
When Leon & girlfriend visited Southbourne from their home in Oxford, they had no idea how their fun filled beach day would tragically end. Swimming in 5 feet of water Leon felt his precious ring slip from his finger into the depths. He tried desperately to locate it but it had gone.
The ring had huge sentimental value to him as it was a gift from his late mother. When Leon called me & explained to me how precious it was we wasted no time & met the next morning at 4:30 am to catch the low tide. Unfortunately the search and the next couple of two hours searches proved nothing. Large swells, shifting sands & continuing uncertainty of its location seemed to erase all hope of it ever being recovered.
On my fourth search, entering 4 feet of water I looked to the skies & pleaded for help…… 30 seconds later… a signal. Taking a huge scoop from the sea bed I checked the hole I’d dug, the signal was gone. Sifting the sand from the scoop, heart pounding, there it was. It matched every detail of its description given.
Leon was very moved to have got the ring back. Its always a pleasure doing recoveries & Leons reaction to seeing the ring recovered epitomizes why I use all of my resources … although sometimes ‘a little help from above’ never goes amiss. Leon has made a kind donation to the Margret Green Animal Sanctuary.
Removing 6 precious rings from her fingers & placing them into a hat for safe keeping, Karen from Poole thought they were safe. With her husband they were visiting the famous New Forest Show but Karen decided to remove her rings to clean her hands. Placing the ring into a hat then putting the hat on, forgetting they were there caused the rings to be tossed over a wide area.
I received a desperate phone call from them but absolutely stuck at work & couldn’t attend. They had recovered 5 but the 6th, her great grandmothers, was still missing. I happen to have my CTX detector in my car & decided the best option was for their family friend, Rob to collect the detector & try it himself.
After half an hour, camouflaged in the dry grass there it was, the distinctive sound of gold.
Karen was elated to get the ring back & will make a kind donation to the Margret Green Animal Rescue. Im glad that I could be of some assistance to them.
David from Oxford was enjoying a weekend stag do in Bournemouth with his friends. Whilst skinny dipping he managed to feel & see his wedding ring slip from his fingers and disappear into the depths of the sea about waist height.
About three days after losing it he contacted me and I made my way there right away knowing how soft and absorbing the sands are around there.
After searching for an hour and a half in 4 feet of water up it came. I phoned a very relieved David who promised that once he received the ring he would gladly make a donation to the Margret Green Animal Charity. He also promised a picture of him and the ring looking very happy upon its return to him.
David & wife Jean visited Studland Bay one beautiful afternoon to enjoy a relaxing walk. Unfortunately all did not end well. Carrying chairs & bags some 200 meters & having a bite to eat David suddenly noticed his late fathers wedding band missing. When David called me a week later to explain it seemed as though the search area would be far to large to deal with. However after some careful questioning I deduced there were a couple of ‘likely’ areas to search.
The first search area was where they ate. People wipe their hands clean-rings fall off. But it was what David did next, he cleaned his sticky hands in the sea. Within 10 minutes of searching the CTX screamed its head off & laying 6cm under was the ring.
David & Jean were so relieved to be reunited with the ring that not only did they make a kind donation to the Margret Green Animal Rescue but they actually put their names down for a dog adoption.
David & his wife & three children enjoyed a beautiful day on Swanage Beach. Playing football with the children proved a problem though. Noticing his ring was missing David searched desperately for over two hours, even buying a vegetable sieve to search the sands to no avail.
I received Davids anxious Email very early in the morning & knowing how popular Swanage Beach is at this time of year with treasure hunters I made for the area immediately. After searching for half an hour near his location he sieved up it came with the distinctive inscription.
I met David and his family who were very grateful to have the ring back. They made a generous donation to Margret Green Animal Rescue before returning to their home in Italy.
It was a few days after Chris from Bournemouth lost his wedding rings that I received his call. One afternoon after enjoying some time on a speed boat they decided to moor up for lunch. When one of the children jumped into the water he reached out & grabbed Chris’s gold chain where his parents wedding rings had hung for many years. The chain snapped instantly & with nothing to do but watch, the rings sunk down into the sandy waters.
Great care was taken to remember the location as best they could & when I received the call they had a pretty good idea where the rings would lie. About 3 days after the loss I tried in vain because the wind, waves & weed prevented any useful attempt so we decided to abandon the search & try at the next low tide.
On Saturday 16th July low tide came & I began my gridding out. Within half an hour Id found the first, minutes later the second. Chris was delighted to receive the rings back & has made a promise to smelt the two rings into one. Chris has made a kind donation to the Margret Green Animal Charity for which I am most grateful .