Sean Boddie, Author at The Ring Finders

Diving Ring Rescue In A Freak Lightning Storm, Hillary’s Boat Harbour, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Well this was a first! When called out to Hillary’s Boat Harbour to dive detect for a sentimental wedding ring recently I got to roll onto my back and observe a powerful lightning show from 4 meters underwater!

Weren’t you scared Sean?  mmm.. yeah.. um.. well yes.. quite a lot actually..

I’d arranged to meet David and his wife who were here on holiday from New South Wales at the bathers beach in Hillary’s Boat Harbour. I’d asked David to bring along his swimming gear so he could swim out to where he thought he’d felt his precious wedding ring slip off into the depths a few days before.

I donned my diving gear on the beach and made my way out as well. When David gave me the o.k. I dived down to the bottom which was at about 4 m or so and started a circular search pattern with my metal detector. Initially the visibility was pretty good for a harbour with perhaps 6-7 m but as there is virtually no current in the harbour the water was soon full of sediment and darkness. It is always difficult to explain just how disconcerting being underwater in total or near total darkness can be. It is truly one of those things you have to do to fully comprehend.

When I had returned to my starting position on the first search circle with an assortment of junk I extended outward another meter and started to search a second larger circle around the first when all of a sudden there was one hell of a bang, an intense flash and a pressure wave which made me spit my regulator out into the darkness somewhere in front of me! I didn’t have time for panic to set in, I dropped my detector to the seabed and searched frantically in the darkness for the hose my regulator was attached to and once found, returned it to my gob for a long suck on the oxygen it provides!

As I concentrated on getting my heart and breathing rates back under control I realised there was a lot more light now and that the light was flashing different colours in the clouded water. It now dawned on me that what had happened was not an explosion but a lightning strike somewhere very close by and the flashes were further lightning reflecting off the bottom. Amazed, I decided to move out of the cloud I’d created and to roll onto my back and watch this rather surreal show unfold for a few minutes as I contemplated just how safe it was to be in the water just now! Which I might add it is not, certainly not in shallow water, however being on the surface is less safe again. 

The sun reappeared along with David’s precious! 

When the flashes were getting less frequent I returned to the task at hand which was to finish the second search circle. I was really hoping to find the ring by this method but would only do one more larger circle before switching to a running jack-stay search which is more efficient when searching over larger areas.

Not long later whilst squeezing yet another target filled handful of goop I felt something solid.. and heavy.. and round.. with a hole in it, a big hole as in finger big. As usual when I’m at this point my heart rate goes up a bit as I draw the object in my hand to an inch from my dive mask.. is it is it is it? That turned into an oh yeah that’s the glint of gold, and then an oh yeah its got a pattern on it.. and then.. surely? A quick exit stage left to some clear water and another look confirmed it.. there she was, David’s triple-tone gold wedding ring!


Wedding Ring Found In Car, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Lauren was fiddling with her wedding ring in her car when she lost her grip on it and heard it hit something in the front of the car. When she looked for it later she could not find it anywhere and spent over an hour checking every nook and cranny she could. A friend’s husband then spent a further two hours looking for it, also without any joy. In desperation as Lauren didn’t want her husband to know she’d lost it she consulted uncle google and found my service and gave me a call.

I organised for Lauren to bring the car to me the next day so I could find and retrieve the ring for her. Initially I used a fiber optic camera to inspect all areas but when that didn’t work I removed the drivers seat and the center console. When I again used the camera to look between the carpet and the floor pan there it was on the screen, Lauren’s white gold wedding ring shinning brightly in the cameras led light.

After showing Lauren where the ring was lodged with the camera I bent a small hook in the end of a straightened wire coat hanger which I inserted between the carpet and the floor pan until I could see the hook end on the camera screen. I then carefully  pushed the wire under the edge of the ring, twisted the wire 90 degrees to hook the ring and slowly withdrew the wire and ring from it’s hiding place. To say Lauren was relieved would be an understatement. After showering me with thanks she drove home with her wedding ring back on her finger and her husband none the wiser! – Finding lost jewellery, lost smiles and preventing explanations!

15 Ring’s Lost … 16 Ring’s Found! Cloverdale, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Whilst sitting in her living room recently, Phillipa’s bedroom roof decided to collapse and fill the room with a foot or so of blow-in insulation with bits of ceiling, plaster, and other junk not to mention shoes in the mix.

I’d been called by one of  the insurance company’s cleaners a day later and was asked if I could help find Phillipa’s 15, mainly gold rings which she’d had on a glass pedestal stand (I never did find the pedestal come to think of it) on her dressing table. Of course the rings had been scattered across the room during the collapse, and were now strewn amongst the mess..


When I first saw her bedroom the mess was mattress deep except for right near the table where the cleaners had made a start.

You last saw your ring’s where?

I remember thinking, wow, this may not be so fun! I took my pinpointer and tested the floor and confirmed it was a timber floor full of nails so using a detector in the room would not be a practicle option in locating the lost rings. It was soon obvious I would have to remove the mess a bit at a time and to then detect the rings out of the mess on a pre-detected area in Phillipa’s garden.

I decided to fold a tarpaulin in a ‘u’ shape outside the door in the hallway and started shovelling the mess into it before taking it out to the garden to spread flat on the ground. I’d then detect the rings, pins, needles and paper clips etc out of the insulation. This process was repeated many times. I found most of the rings in the first four tarpaulin loads that I scanned. Then they got few and far between.I think the lower rings on the pedestal had not gotten as much momentum off the pedestal as the top ones so they’d dropped to the floor closer to the table.. and this is where I’d started.

When I finally found the 15th ring about 2 hrs later I yelled a hooray from the garden and excitedly made for Phillipa’s door. Phillipa was grinning from ear to ear as she inspected the returned rings one by one until suddenly her expression changed. She looked up and said “oh you’ve found one I lost a few years ago! So there is still one missing”.

“Was that no. 11? I’ve lost count.”

After checking the rings again she said she was sure and knew which one. I asked, “would it happen to be 18 kt or platinum and one of the smallest?” She replied “Yes how did you know? It fits on my pinky finger!”

The reason I knew was I’d been thinking could I have missed one, and the reason was simple. I’d started to run some iron discrimination to eliminate the pin and needle type signals due to there being so many (she’d had a sewing box etc on the dresser also!) Anyway rings usually end up flat in the ground or sand when they are lost but these rings were at all angles in the blow-in insulation probably more so for the smaller lighter rings.

Rings, coins, and any metal infact presents far less surface area when ‘on edge’ to a metal detector and this typically makes them give a weaker and different signal. It was possible that for those reasons I may not have heard it or did but dismissed it. So the one remaining ring to be found was either still in the room or I’d missed it and it was now in a wheeliebin!

What a beauty. This ring had a large and stunning aquamarine and was Phillipa’s favourite. She’d said before the search “if you can only find one of them please..”

I felt I now had a good idea of the “spray zone” of the rings and that I’d removed all the material from that area of the room so maybe I had missed one one. I decided to check the wheelie bin first as I’d had an idea about how to do it quickly to eliminate that rather than doing more loads out of the room!

I was able to borrow a leaf blower from Phillipa’s neighbor and had set it up underneath an outside table in the large back yard. I lifted the bin sideways on top and slowly opened the lid after I’d turned the blower on. This impromtue ‘dry blower’ blew away the light paper based insulation (non fibreglass!) as it fell from the bin and anything that was heavy didn’t blow very far. Once I’d emptied the bin I then turned my metal detector on and waved it over the heavy junk left behind on the grass and amongst some other signals sure enough there it was, the short sweet sounding double tone I needed, the 16th and final ring.


Wedding Ring Rescued From Indian Ocean, Trigg Beach, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Well she’s had a goog clean!

Ben was about twenty meters out from the beach having a swim when he felt his precious wedding ring slip from his finger into the ocean. He had stood up and searched frantically around him for it whilst calling out to his wife on the beach what had happened. A lifegaurd had later told them that there was someone who was able to find rings lost in the water so Ben had consulted uncle google, he punched ‘metal detecting service’ into his phone and soon found my website and then my phone number.

Ben called and told me what had happened and I learnt that they were still at the beach, so whilst asking Ben a bunch of questions, I was already checking the weather forecast and decided that although the tide had been increasing over the few hours since the loss, that it would not yet be too deep and the swell was only mild so it was best to have a go straight away. Infact this is a surfing beach with consistent unimpeded Southern Indian Ocean swell and is rarely calm enough to detect, so time was of the essence for sure.. I couldn’t gamble on the next day being as good as this, so “off to the rescue” I went..

Order has been restored!

When I met Ben on the beach an hour later I asked  him to go back into the ocean with a flag to mark where he thought he’d been. I then set out a search grid based on Ben’s best recollections. Unfortunately he’d been swimming up and down the beach a fair distance so he was more confident about how far out he’d been than laterally along the beach.

Just after I had started Ben’s wife had arrived back from a walk along the beach, so I asked her where she thought he’d been. She felt he’d been more to the left in front of a surf school flag stuck in the beach about 20 m away. As I’d already started on the other side I resumed and worked my way in and out, in and out, slowly but surely moving down the beach toward the surf school flag. A few good sounding targets had gotten me excited but all had been let downs and then the ocean fell silent.

I was feeling more expectant though as I neared the surf school flag. I have found over the years that who ever is in the water is less reliable than their partner or friend on the beach when it comes to where they were at the time of loss, as the “lossee” is usually looking frantically around them, even diving down after thier precious, well before they think to landmark the exact spot, whereas the person on the beach is often standing in one spot not moving and can give a better fix.

Well today was one of these times so that as I approached the surf school flag I finally heard what I’d been listening for.. blip.. blip.. and again.. blip.. blip.. The two most common items to do this are 1. soda/beer can staytabs and 2. shallow rings! What were my chances? In this case, all thing’s considered, I thought about 90/10 in favour of it being Ben’s ring. Sure enough a moment later I was staring at Bens precious in the bottom of my scoop.

Needless to say he was stunned when I yelled “found it” and half ran, half jumped out of the water to deliver it to him. At first he just looked shocked, but with a huge grin. As the shock turned to realisation we high fived before he simply said “mate, what a bloody ledgend”.

Twin Rescues Part 2, Coogee Beach, Fremantle, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Just 15 minutes after recovering Jeff’s sentimental gold bracelet from under his boat in Coogee Marina I noticed a missed call on my phone. When I returned the call a rather emotional Cailan explained that he and his fiancee Rosemary had been swimming near the ammunition jetty at Coogee Beach when she’d felt her gorgeous engagement ring slip from her finger to the ocean bottom.

I was only five minutes drive to the north at the time so as there was only an hour or so of light left I

Rosemary’s precious in all its glory.

arranged to meet them straight away and search for it. When I arrived I was greeted by about 8 people.. one of which I knew! After the loss someone had thought to see if maybe there was a metal detecting service in Perth. Dean who work’s at my local scrap metal yard had said there should be as he knew someone who came into his work from time to time who did this sort of thing, I’d even shown him photo’s of some of my finds at one stage.. A quick google search had found my website and when I arrived Dean and I had recognised each other and explained to the group the coincidence! About half the family had been having a picnic and swim so I had quite an audience as I began the search.

Someones meant to get married soon!

Now I didn’t have my marker flags with me so I asked Cailan to enter the water and stand where he thought Rosemary had been in the water when the loss occured. I then began a grid search around him. Just before I began I’d asked Rosemary’s sister to film the affair as I was both hopeful of finding it and that it should not take long if Cailan was fairly accurate on where the loss had happened. Only minutes later I yelled “found it’ and began running and jumping my way back to shore with it. I passed it to Rosemary who was staring in disbelief (along with everyone else) and then I turned to her sister. I asked what does the counter on the video say? She replied “it just ticked over four minutes!”

Realisation that they really did have it back washed over Cailan and Rosemary and as it did their disbelief turned to sheer joy. This really was a rewarding moment that made me feel damn good.. What an amazing afternoon.

Twin Rescues Part 1, Coogee Beach, Fremantle, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Jeff had called me to ask if I could dive under his boat in Coogee Marina and recover a sentimental gold bracelet he’d lost after he’d caught it on a cleat on the side of his boat as he was getting off. A few days had gone by since the loss as his son is a professional diver and he’d had a go at locating it but had had to give up due to the zero visibility down there.

Now this is a bit embarassing but when I got half way to meeting Jeff I realised my BCD (Boyancy vest) wasn’t in the car! I pulled over thinking I must call Jeff and see if I could arrange the dive for the next day. I also thought well I’m half way there I may as well meet him and have a look first hand at the loss site.

By the time I got to the marina I had thought through how I might still achieve the result Jeff needed albeit rather unconventionally! Jeff’s bracelet was last seen by him disappearing into the murky water between his boat and the jetty. I dropped a weighted line into the water approximately where the bracelet had dropped into the water then I tied a rope around my dive tank and had Jeff lower it to me in the water. I then dived down with it and lay on it on the bottom.

Jeff’s got his bracelet and smile back!

The bottom was not solid but varying thicknesses of silt and mud so the tank made a nice bed in this and allowed me to search ahead of the tank with my hand held scubatector. Each time I detected half a meter or so in front of me I would slide the bottle forward a length and detect again. When I turned to come back I was able to clearly feel the rut the tank

Jeff’s shiny precious.. FOUND.

had left behind out to the right of me even though I could not see my hand in front of my mask! This meant I was coming back perfectly parallel to my first search line. Who would have thought a mistake in leaving my BCD behind would lead to a novel new search technique! As usual I waved my detector over a hole I’d just made to retrieve yet another beer can and heard another fainter signal. I felt around the hole and squeezed the mud until I felt somthing solid, and flexible… and HEAVY. I swished my hand at arm’s length from me in the water to clean most of the mud from my hand before pulling my hand right up close to my mask and boom.. there was Jeff’s gold bracelet, bright as anything in the near total dark! Everything appears about 1/3 bigger underwater than it really is so it’s an amazing feeling when gold just appears before your eye’s in this way, even more so when it’s the gold you are searching for… needless to say Jeff nearly fell of the jetty when I appeared after only 8 mins with his shiny precious dangling from my hand. His smile pic says it all.. one very happy man..

15 minutes later… Part 2!


3 Hr Dash To Rescue Wedding Ring From Indian Ocean, Eagle Bay, Dunsborough, South Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Luke and his wife Genna had been taking a break from life in Perth, with a visit to Eagle Bay in Dunsborough, 3 hrs south of Perth.. While there Luke was having a dip in chest deep water when he had felt his cherished white gold wedding ring slip from his finger. He had called out to Genna on the beach that he’d lost his ring and immediately started diving down looking for it on the sandy ocean floor. Unfortunately he hadn’t found it and after a while had to give up and begin the 3 hr drive home to Perth.

When they got home Luke had turned to the internet for help and finally at about 3 am found my website He had shown his wife who had said “it says 24 hr rescue service” and “time is of the essence”, please give them a call now.

Well of course I had been asleep at the time and didn’t hear the phone ring but I did see Luke’s missed call first thing in the morning so I called him back and listened to what had happened. It turned out he was only the next suburb over so it made sense for us to travel down to the loss site together which is what we did.

When we arrived the predicted swell I was worried about had not yet arrived so I asked Luke to make a  video call to Genna. I asked her about her recollections of where Luke had been in the water when he had shouted out the bad news to her the day before.

Sweet success

Luke sat on the beach with baited breath and fingers and toes crossed as I began the search.

After I had finished a 25 m by 25 m grid to the right of some isolated rocks Genna said he’d been near at the time, I had found just one item.. a brand new pyramid sinker but no ring. That’s strange I thought, I’m sure I couldn’t

have missed it so I returned to the beach and discussed this with Luke. If anything he felt I should now try a bit more to the left.

I still had a flag marking my first line out into the water so I started toward it again but a meter or so to the left this time.

Luke’s precious showing off!

When I was about two meters from my flag, bingo, a great sounding candidate for Luke’s ring, the first like it so far.. I felt my heart race as I raised the scoop and sure enough, there was a white gold looking mens wedding ring in the bottom. I turned and yelled to Luke “I’ve got it!” and started bouncing and jumping my way back to shore with his wedding ring held high in the air.

When we met at the waters edge I said “please tell me its yours!” He took a moment as he peered in disbelief and then said “it’s the one, its definately the one!”

A couple of  Hell yeahs andd high fives ensued and then it was time to call Genna and deliver the great news. Luke got her on a video call again so I got to see her delight as well as Lukes, and I knew right then in thier smiles just how much it meant to them both to have it back so it’s story could continue. Later we headed back to Dunsborough for some sushi to celebrate then set off on the journey home with full bellies and smiles all round..

Happy New Year guys..

WW2 Gold Signet Ring Rescued From The Drink, Port Beach, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Eduardo had been cooling off in waist deep water at Port Beach recently when he felt his cherished signet ring slip from his finger. The ring with his initials on top had been made 75 years ago in a prison of war camp during World War 2. He had looked desperately around him in the water and then called out “I’ve lost my ring, I’ve lost my ring” to his wife Piera on the beach.

After calling me I arranged to meet Piera and Eduardo at the beach the next morning when the tide would be out making it wadeable where Eduardo had lost his ring. I took them down to the shoreline one at a time to show me where the loss had occured and noted that they both chose a place on the shore about six meters apart, so I halved this distance and put a peg in the beach to mark the centre and then paced out 10 meters either side of this and also placed a peg in the beach. I then set about working slowly in and out of the water with my metal detector until I had finished the 20 by 30 m grid and nothing, plenty of rubbish, a couple of coins, but no rings. I asked Eduardo if he thought I was going out far enough and he thought that I was. Next I said I was 99% sure I had not missed his ring so I asked if he felt that he could have been more to the north or south of the area I had searched. He felt more to the north was the go so I paced out another 10 m and placed a peg there. After finishing this and then another search extension grid and I’d still not found Eduardo’s ring they had said ok thanks so much for trying but it’s gone now and left the beach.

I was convinced the ring was there somewhere and detectable so with my usual never give in attitude I extended the search area yet another 10m, and still nothing. I thought ok if its not here it must be where I haven’t yet searched, so lets try 10 m to the south.

By this time the tide was a good way in again and the “Fremantle Doctor” was whipping up a few “white horses” and was clearly about to turn nasty for the afternoon so I resolved to come back the next day and resume the search on the southern end. In the morning I was about halfway through my first extension to the south when as I was approaching two women swimming in the water a great sounding signal penetrated my ears. As I raised what ever it was in my

scoop one of the woman had asked me “what are you looking for?” I looked in the bottom of the scoop and thought ‘no way’, there were Eduardo’s initials staring up at me! I turned towards the woman as I simultaniously lifted the ring from the scoop and said “Yes.. This! This is what I’ve been looking for for four and a half hours!

Piera was just amazed when I first sent a picture of the ring and then called to tell her the good news. She came straight back to the beach to collect it and was still a bit stunned but very thankful. I never did hear any of the stories this ring held but with 75 years of history and beginning it’s life in a prison of war camp I am so happy that it’s story can continue..

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Diamond Heirloom Ring Lost and Found.. Twice! Palm Beach, Rockingham, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

I’d just been beaten out of the water by mother nature trying to find a lost gold and diamond ring at Leighton Beach in Perth when I got a call from Dan who’s wife had lost a very sentimental gold and twin diamond ring her mother had passed down to her. During our conversation I learnt that Dan had already bought a metal detector and scanned the sand around the volley ball net where she’d lost it. He had not had any luck. Although an hour down the coast from me at Palm Beach, in Rockingham and after having already spent 3 hrs or so detecting in building ocean conditions I agreed to come down straight away as Dan, Chloe, their son, daughter and friends were still at the beach where Chloe had felt her ring come off.

The family had set up their own mini volleyball net and it was here that Dan showed me where Chloe had been when she felt it come off as she was not yet back. I set about searching her side of the court first even though physics would often dictate that the ring had gone over the net somewhere, possibly even into the water just 5-6m away.

I got a bit excited when I quickly got a loud (recently lost), double blip signal from my headphones.

Damn.. its a drinks ringpull.. that will learn me I thought, it sounded too good to be true

The next signal I mentally analyzed a tad slower in my head then looked over to Dan and said “this

sounds even better!” The great sounding target was not in a good place physics wise but I drove my sand scoop into the sand under the shallow signal and felt something solid hit the bottom as I lifted it out of the sand.

In the bottom was a silver ring.. Oh and it has two lovely diamonds on it.. I looked again to Dan as I removed the ring from the scoop and said “can’t be too many twin diamond white gold rings just lying around eh?”. Dan was already running toward me and quickly identified it as his wifes ring.. Dan’s face was priceless, a mix of dis-belief, joy, excitement and thanks!

Chloe was actually out on a jetski at the time so I said to Dan and friends “why don’t we make this a bit more special? Believe it or not I convinced Dan to actually throw it back in the sand but on the side of the court where by right’s it should have flown in the first place. I resumed detecting as Chloe was nearing on the jetski. Dan brought her over to introduce us and I began to ask her version of what had happened and then asked her to show me. She demonstrated the spike she did when she felt the ring come off and I indicated the theoretical line the ring may have gone to her. I then started detecting toward it knowing I would just miss it moving away from her but detect it coming back toward her. When I did I took my headphones off and called her over. When she was kneeling beside me I siad “now just have a feel carefully in the sand just there..”. Well although she was careful I actually saw the ring nearly touch her hand, twice, before I pointed to exactly where to feel in the sand. Well Chloe was exstatic when she finally lifted her mum’s ring from the sand, she’d looked shocked at first but then erupted in a huge smile of realisation it really was her mum’s ring. Next she gave me a big hug then an amazed look!

It was now that Dan and I explained what had really happened and showed her where I had actually found it!

The family smile pic shows the effect all this had on them, turning a not so good day at the beach into a great one..

Loved doing this search for you guys.. happy new year!

Precious Ring Lost In The Ocean, Hammersley Pool, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Milena called about midday to ask if I could find her diamond and ruby, gold ring which she had lost whilst swimming in Hammersley Pool two day’s prior. I said “sure can” and “there’s no time like now” and soon set about throwing my gear in the ute and headed straight to Hammersley Pool about an hours drive away. Normally I would have taken only one detector and off loaded my dive gear before leaving.. what a shame I didn’t but the reason for this comment will become clear a little later in the story..

Four or five people had been searching for Milena’s precious ring the day before in snorkling gear but alas it had not been found.

What a beauty Milena!

Milena had a pretty good idea where it had come off so I handed her my video camera as I felt confident it would soon capture me finding her ring. I waded into the water and began detecting across the pool to the reef at the back of the pool. About three meters from the reef I heard the first signal to come from my whites surfmaster underwater metal detector so far and the signal smacked of being a gold ring.

I had my back to Milena as I pushed my scoop into the sand under where the signal had come from and shook the scoop as I raised it to the surface. I was pretty certain this was her ring and if whatever it was, was in the first scoop it had not been very deep and that meant it had not been there for long and was therefore even more likely to be Milenas ring. Just before the scoop appeared above the water I felt a solid object hit the bottom of the scoop, this turned into a rattle, a distinctly gold sounding rattle. Tentatively I looked in and low and behold Milenas gorgeous ruby and diamond ring lay in the bottom.

I took a moment to think, then abruptly turned around, lifted my detector in the air with one hand and Milenas ring in the other and yelled “Yeaahh, I’ve found it Milena!”

Me, Milena, her ring and her son, daughter and three grandchildren all enjoying the moment..

I was so excited I literally paddled, ran and jumped my way back toward the beach and we reckon I managed to put her ring back in her hand in about two minutes flat!


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