Ring Lost While Paddleboarding, Found by SCUBA Diver in James River, Richmond, Virginia

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

Rob Ellis: Underwater Ring Recovery Specialist. Call or text 703-598-1435

June 7th, 2020 James River, Midlothian (Richmond), Virginia

Jake was paddle boarding off of his neighborhood dock when his gold wedding band slipped off. He called me and we set a date to search. My wife, son, and I met Jake and he took us to the dock. As you can see from the photos, it was a beautiful day for a search.

Trail to Dock

Beautiful Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The depth was about 10 feet with visibility from zero to five feet. After discussing the variables with my shore crew, I decided to use a circle search reel of my own design. There were some sunken logs and debris entangled with fishing line and hooks. This complicated the search. After about 45 minutes, I got a signal on my safety line to surface from my dive master. After some more discussions with Jake, she recommended I shift my search area about 40 feet upriver. It’s a good thing since that is where I found the ring!

 

Flag to Keep Boats Away

Entry/Exit Area

Underwater View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncovering 1

Uncovering 2

Uncovered!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jake SMILE!

James River Ring

Some of the trash found & removed.

 

 

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