Tony & son from Hampshire were leisurely swimming in the sea at Highcliffe but unknown by Tony his wedding ring which he’d be wearing for 41 years had slipped from his finger! It wasn’t until returning to his car he realised making its possibly whereabouts more difficult. Upon reaching the beach with Tony I was not hopeful. The stoney beach often draws rings down & out of reach for most detectors but this was far less a daunting task than perhaps detecting the sea where it most probably lay. After 40 minutes detecting the beach the sea was our last chance.
With a steep stoney drop into the sea and a sea bed moving under my feet the search seemed almost pointless. The waves were piling down right where I searched giving false signals & constantly moving the bed. Suddenly a faint signal.. carefully I tried to remain over the spot & donned my goggles. With an almost clumsy scoop I collected a pile of stones from 4 feet of water & made my way to shore thinking it would be a aluminium fragment?
With Tony watching I caught a glimpse of his disbelieving eyes as from where the stones were spread I removed the ring! This I feel was one of the luckiest recoveries I have ever made & thank my lucky stars. Tony was very grateful & still slightly amazed to have the ring back & has made a generous donation to the Margret Green Animal Rescue charity.