Richard and family were visiting with friends at the lake house for the 4th of July weekend. With all the heat and humidity, the lake was the place to be. Much time was spent in the 85 degree water, around the dock, on the big foam floating pad, on the raft and tossing a ball back n forth to each other in the swim area. When it was time to get out of the water, Richard noticed his gold wedding ring was missing from his finger.
I was contacted by Richard’s friend, a friend of mine familiar with the ringfinders, we discussed the details of the loss and I was on my way within an hour. They had tried looking for it visually, but the water was somewhat stirred up from all the boaters.
The loss area was essentially “anywhere” around the dock, float, raft, within a 10 yard by 20 yard area and 4 to 5 feet deep. Sand bottom, with some silt, some rocks, waves and not much visibility.
There are almost always variables that can effect outcomes and immediately upon detecting I was hearing “good” sounding shallow targets, even with sensitivity turned way down on detector. The first target was a 12 gauge shotshell brass, then a piece of propeller, an old brass swim buckle and another piece of scrap aluminum. This was literally in the first two swings of the detector, which meant it could be a very lengthy endeavor with all these targets in the search area.
I rarely rule anywhere out, so i had began the search right near where he had entered the water. I figured I’d start detecting under/around the floating foam mat to eliminate that possibility. Got a good sounding signal under there, carefully scooped it and when I looked in the scoop, there was a men’s gold ring with 3 diamonds! I was relieved to have found it within just a few minutes, the 5th target scooped.