I received a call from the couple on Saturday evening that her wedding set, two platinum rings with diamonds, had been lost at Rio Del Mar beach that afternoon. After talking over the circumstances we scheduled to meet at the beach at first light the following morning. It is an all too common story .. the rings had been put in the cup holder ( otherwise known as “ring ejectors”) of her beach chair while she applied sunscreen, forgot about and then lost when the chair was folded up. I’ve been on numerous searches from the exact same occurrence so don’t feel bad if it happens to you.
I met Ryan the following morning and he took me to the spot where they had been the day before. He and his son had searched for hours themselves but they also did a good job of noting landmarks to help put me as close as possible to their location .. this is an invaluable part of a successful search. I got to work knowing that these rings would “look” like small pieces of foil to my machine so I would have to be extra thorough and meticulous in my method as it’s easy to miss targets like these if you get sloppy or lose focus.
Luckily the beach was not too trashy and after about 10 minutes several pieces of foil I got a broken signal that sound to me like a piece of crumpled foil, my guess and hope was that this would be the platinum engagement ring with the solitaire diamond .. about 3″ down my suspicions were verified when I hand picked the beautiful engagement ring from the sand’s clutches. Handing it over to a tearful owner I had to remember that the job was only half finished and there was no time to celebrate .. yet. Figuring the other ring should be very close I set my coil down and swept over a couple more feet when I received a little more solid signal which I was anticipating and hoping would be the diamond encircled wedding band. Knowing again that there were stones on this ring I hand picked down into the sand and about 4″ down pulled out the platinum wedding band and handed that straight to the owner as well. The look on her face is why we do this .. that feeling and reward is so profound and deep that you never forget it. After multiple thank you’s, hugs and tears they told me what a great day it was for them. I met some wonderful people and had a great day as well. Peace.