Ryan Cole, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost gold charm found in Lake Michigan, Union Pier Michigan

from Granger (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-574-850-5759

Diana was at the family lake home, playing with the kids in the water. Her cherished birthstone charm fell off it’s thin gold necklace. The necklace fell on her arm, but the charm was lost in the water. They looked for it, but could not see it on the sandy bottom.
Her husband spoke to me about the search area. I had him mark up some satelite screenshots indicating the best guess where it was lost, which was between two sand paths. He said it was betwen knee and calf deep. He descibed the charm as dime sized.
I searched for around an hour, finding several metallic targets. Got a very small target indication, carefully scooped it, and could see the charm’s diamonds and tourmaline stone! It was waist deep, a little deeper than suspected, but between the two paths as guestimated.
Kyle had lost his wedding ring over on the Chicago side of Lake Michigan in the past, which was recovered by a fellow Ringfinder. He immediately knew where to look for help with this loss!

Lost platinum wedding ring recovered Indian Lake, Dowagiac Michigan

from Granger (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-574-850-5759

Andrew was in town visiting friends at their lake cottage. They all decided to head out to the floating dive platform just a little ways out from the end of the dock. They began playing catch with a football, having it thrown from the dock end and jumping off the floating platform to make catches while mid jump.
Andrew jumped off the platform, made a catch and realized his platinum wedding band had fallen off at some point in that action.
This area of the lake has an “endless” muck bottom, not ideal at all for diving to search for a ring.
Descending slowly, my feet hit the bottom and I continued to sink in the muck up to my waist (tank bottom stopped me from going further). Had to be careful and not push the ring down in the muck beyond detection range by accident. After finding a few pull tabs and a few aluminum carabiners, it was looking grim. I surfaced to get my bearings again (no visibility!). I descended again to make another sweep and got a signal on my first swing. Got pinpointer out, located the target and could feel a ring at the tip, about 9 inches down, suspended in the “muck pudding”.

3 lost gold rings found, Highland Shores, Mi

from Granger (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-574-850-5759

Shari was in the water, about chest deep, playing catch with a volleyball. She had caught the ball and then threw it to her son. Right when the ball was thrown, she felt her 3 gold rings fly off, parallel to the shore. The family searched visually using goggles or masks with no luck. They were confident with their description of the loss location. I searched that area for a good hour, covering it in multiple directions with no luck. Being rather tenacious, knowing they may be “off” in their estimated loss location, I expanded the search beyond their area “limits”. Ten feet beyond and I got a nice mid-tone and a thin gold ring in the scoop. A foot away, a double mid-tone and two more thin gold rings in the scoop!
It appeared Shari had lost hope when she left the beach after an hour.
I walked back to their lake home and gave her a thumbs up and said “all three”! She couldn’t believe it and was very happy.

Lost gold wedding ring recovered in Indian Lake, Vicksburg Michigan

from Granger (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-574-850-5759

Newly wed couple, Zach and Cherise, had both gotten on their float tubes to enjoy some time on the water. After getting on his tube, Zach “pushed off” of the step-deck of their boat docked in the boat lift. As soon as he did that, his white gold ring fell off and into the water. They tried to locate the ring using goggles and swim masks, but couldnt stay down under well enough. The bottom was also mucky with weeds covering it. The water depth was from 5 to 8 feet where the ring fell off, requiring scuba gear utilization.
I searched for awhile and found several metal sparkler wire pieces, some metallic trash and a fillet knife blade (save some one from potential injury). After about ten minutes I got a nice mid-tone signal in the right area surrounded by iron trash signals. Got my pinpointer in action, felt a signal from down in the muck and then felt a ring, The couple was happy and a very sharp hidden hazard was removed from the swim area.

Lost gold ring recovered in Little Pike Lake, Warsaw Indiana

from Granger (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-574-850-5759

Zoey called about her husband losing his rose gold wedding band in a park swimming area. She said they were in 4 feet of water when he felt it slide off. They recalled that they were “to the left” of a certain lifeguard seat and in line with a certain rope buoy. Immediately upon starting the search, I knew it was going to possibly be an iffy chance, dud to molten slag gravel making up most of the base layer of the swim area. After confidenyly searching the area stated by them, I expanded the search to deeper water, got a nice mid-tone signal between constant slag signals while on mg tip toes, water up to my chin (I am 6’3”). Right on the edge of a drop off. Scooped the target and when checking the scoop, saw a rose gold band in it! I looked and saw Zoey standing at the water’s edge, she had lost hope (after about 25 minutes). I said “I got it!” and she turned to all smiles. Some beach goers had overheard the conversation after and walked over to express their mutual gratitude for recovering the newly wed couple’s lost ring.

Lost palladium wedding ring, (recovered) Niles, Michigan (Cass County)

from Granger (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-574-850-5759

Andrew was doing spring clean up in his yard, tending to the flower beds and lanscaping. When he removed his glove, his palladium wedding ring went flying in an unknown direction. He thought it likely went into one certain area, but searching there only produced aluminum scrap(flashing) from the home’s construction and a couple pop can pull tabs. I broadened the search area, moving into the small wood lot in the opposite direction where I was finding pop cans and more junk pieces. I got a promising signal in a leaf pile, which ended up being a chipmunk hole entry point. Dug around in the hole with my pinpointer and long behold, the ring had went down the chipmunk hole!

Lost wedding ring (lost for 9 years, recovered), Lake Manitou, Rochester Indiana

from Granger (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-574-850-5759

Alan had lost his tungsten wedding band nine years ago, in Lake Manitou, Rochester Indiana. He was helping with the yearly tradition of intalling the cottage dock sections on Memorial Day weekend. While he was holding the second pier section in place, he adjusted his grip and the ring plopped in the waist deep water, vanishing in the rocks and soft bottom. Alan had lost some weight due to a medical condition, so the ring fit very loosely. He had no idea that lost rings/etc could be found in the water, until just recently when he stumbled across the Ringfinders website.
After an hour of searching, finding many other targets and lots of glass shards, it was looking grim. My tenacity paid off though, finally sorted out a mixed signal and scooped up a couple rusty nails along with his tungsten wedding ring! The ring had some cosmetic damage from being in the water, but Alan was very glad to be reunited with his long lost ring!

Lost gold wedding ring, Lake Michigan (recovered), Harbert Michigan

from Granger (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-574-850-5759

Tony and his family were at his aunt’s lake home for the weekend. It was time to enjoy some time in the chilly Lake Michigan water. Tony and his brother got the kayaks out and headed down to the beachfront area to get in the wavy water and paddle off. After a large wave or two, Tony found himself capsized, missing his sunglasses and wedding ring! He recruited family members to help search the knee deep area, but was only able to locate the sunglasses. He knew he had capsized straight out from the steps on the hillside and was shallower than waist deep.
Luckily, he had a accurate location of loss and there was a short break in the weather and waves for searching.
After less than five minutes, I got a great sounding promising signal and had his lost ring in my new scoop!

Lost gold wedding ring, Lake Michigan, Dune Acres Indiana, Porter County

from Granger (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-574-850-5759

07/04/2017 Dune Acres, Indiana, Porter County, a “Boater’s Beach” sandbar.

Got a text from a lady who had lost her white gold wedding ring yesterday in Lake Michigan at a “boater’s beach”, in about 4 to 5 feet of water.

She put me in contact with her husband Wade, who said he had a “pretty good idea where it was lost”.

The next morning I drove to the slip, met with Wade, loaded up my gear in his boat and we started for the site of the lost ring.

The wind was picking up, the waves were growing larger. Even in the large cabin cruiser/speedboat it was a fairly slow and rough ride to the sandbar site. When we first spoke after I arrived there, he said he was pretty sure of the location and it was “about a hundred yard sized area”. He actually thought he had seen the ring laying in the sand yesterday while looking for it. He dove down, grabbed at where he through it was, but came up with only handfuls of sand.

I was concerned with Wade having an accurate enough location to narrow the search area, as one hundred yards in the water would take quite some time to cover, essentially a needle in a haystack!

Luckily, Wade had taken some photos yesterday and had his geolocation enabled for the photos. He retrieved the data, plugged in the GPS coordinates in Google Maps and essentially drove us right to the spot.

Wade and I set the front and back anchors, the boat was getting thrashed pretty bad by some larger rogue waves breaking at the sandbar.

Being the 4th of July, Wade got the flag out to fly.

I jumped in and began searching, the wind had blown in some fresh chilly offshore water. The area had lots of black sand and the waves were getting to be a hindrance.

I basically grid searched the area where Wade thought the ring would be. After about twenty minutes or a half hour, I had covered the location around the boat and about twenty yards in each direction thoroughly.

I had brought a spare detector and had earlier mentioned to Wade that he was welcome to utilize it. He asked if there was anything he could do, I told him he was welcome to try using the other detector. I set it up, showed him how it should sound for a ring and told him to just tell me if it makes that noise.

Literally, in less than five minutes, while he was searching slightly closer to shore, he excitedly yells to me “It’s doing something here!”, “ It’s making that noise!”, “Right here!”.

I made my way over, checked the target, it sounded like a nice smooth mid-tone, gently scooped it up, and there was what appeared to be a nice white gold wedding ring in my scoop.

Wade was super excited and relieved at the same time. Even better yet, he actually get’s to say that he found his wife’s special ring for her!

He had mentioned some things that hadn’t gone so well for him in the recent month’s, but said this made it all better.

I was happy to help him find his wife’s lost ring!

This was a rather unique recovery, with him actually being the finder of the ring, thanks to my gear and a quick rundown of how it works. Actually glad it worked out that way, makes the tale that much better!

*photos of Wade and his wife’s ring

Lost gold ring found (recovered) Lake Wawasee, Syracuse, Indiana

from Granger (Indiana, United States)
Contact: 1-574-850-5759

Got a voicemail from Steve,  a newly married guy that stated he had lost his gold wedding band in Lake Wawasee.

He said he was at the end of the pier when the ring fell off into the water. The water was about 4 feet deep, however, there was many aluminum pier supports and posts surrounding the loss location which made it impossible to use a regular metal detector to locate the ring due to metallic items interfering with detection (unless pier was removed for winter time).

After advising him of this, he was worried he have to wait until fall to have the ring recovered. I told him I have a plan B, which involved using a small pinpointing unit that I use when scuba diving to find small items in the sand and muck. After several minutes of scouring the loss location with no luck, I decided to get my scuba diving mask and take a look around. After a few more minutes, it was looking grim.  There was some weeds growing around the pier supports. I thought to myself, wonder if it’s stuck in those weeds and suspended above the bottom.  I ran the pinpointed up through the weeds, got a signal and then saw the glimmer of white gold flashing towards the bottom. There it was, had been stuck suspended in the weeds! Picked it up off the bottom to present it to Steve who was thrilled to have it back again.