Wedding Ring lost in the James River, Virginia…FOUND!

  • from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)

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

September 9th, 2020: A couple of days ago, Zach was tubing with his wife and sister in-law when his ring was lost. When he realized the ring was dropped, Zach carefully took note of where their party was located using the Huguenot bridge, some logs, and a boulder he could stand on. With rain in the forecast, we decided to meet as early as possible the next day to conduct the search.

When I met Zach, I was very impressed with how well he had observed the location of the ring drop. He drew a very good map with a circle illustrating the location in which he thought the ring landed. It turns out Zach is an Advanced SCUBA diver, and a mechanical engineer. His education really paid off. As I did recover the ring from within that area!!

Zach is a strong swimmer and offered to tow out some of my equipment. He found the boulder and I set an anchor for a modified jack-stay search. The visibility was poor and there was a moderate current. The depth near the bridge varies from 3 to 10 feet. Luckily the search area was about 5 feet deep. I made the first half circle sweep and moved the anchor 15 feet down river. The skies were getting darker and it started to rain. Time was short. I was concerned about safety because of rising water and an increasing current. I was a little more than half way through the second pattern when I heard my Excalibur make that tone indicating platinum! Once I knew where to look, I could see the ring sitting on the bottom. I was so happy to pick it up and hand it to Zach. The look on his face was priceless!

It was fortunate we decided to search sooner rather than later. With the rain, the current was increasing and it would take days to slow back to normal. Zach and I both had that goose-bump feeling that “it was meant to be”!

Huguenot Bridge

Zach Smile! 




3 Replies to “Wedding Ring lost in the James River, Virginia…FOUND!”

  1. Zach Smith says:

    After losing my Platinum wedding band in the bottom of the murky James River with only a rough idea of the location, I was not confident it would ever be found. However, little did I know at the time that Rob was an angel sent from Heaven. We got in touch through The Ring Finders and he contacted me right away. After a phone call the evening after I lost my wedding band, we agreed to meet up the next day. Through increasingly heavier rain, rising water levels, and swift current, Rob continued his search and found it right before the skies opened up. I really appreciated how Rob listened, his professionalism, and expertise as a diver in search and recovery. The second we met in person, I felt more and more confident that he was going to be the answer to my prayers. My wife and myself will be forever grateful for Rob and his services. If you lose your prized jewelry and think all hope is lost, look no further than Rob!

  2. Jeff says:

    Rob what a great river recovery, your years of dive experience and recovery work paid off and and you maintained your personal safety limits, well done! So many of these active water and rivers searches never get recovered, bravo. That’s a big honker platinum wedding band and as we read Zach was very appreciative of your service.

    Cheers, #SeattleRingHunter

  3. Rob Ellis says:

    Thank you Jeff.
    As a Master SCUBA Diver, I’m sure you know that without Zach being able to get me close to the drop, we would not have found the ring. Too bad you are on the other side of the country. It would be fun do dive together:)


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