Sean Boddie, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Diamond Engagement Ring Found, Dawesville Bushland, Mandurah, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.
White gold and diamond engagement ring lost and found

Sheree’s Precious

Adam called to ask if I hire detectors as his partner Sheree had gone over the back fence of their home to retrieve a ball from the bushland and when she returned she noticed her precious engagement ring was awol.

I said yes I do but I don’t generally recommend it since it’s a tool that takes years to understand how to use properly. It’s the detector in your head that is the most important when searching for a lost ring and I don’t cost much more than hiring just the detector! Long story short an hour or so later I arrived, climbed over the back fence and began searching with my Garrett At-Pro metal detector. After a few passes, various responses from my detector and a couple of heart starter’s, I received a strong, clear signal with the sort of target I.D number I had estimated for the ring and clearing the leaf litter found Sheree’s diamond engagement ring glittering among the forest debri. Sheree was away at a friend’s place being consoled so I handed the ring to her partner and his smile gave me an inkling of what her’s would look like when she returned home. Happy New Year Sheree!

First Find A Man Who’s Lost His Ring, Then Find The Lost Ring! Silver Sands Beach, Mandurah, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

 

Lost engagement ring in the sand

Nathans Lost Engagement Ring

Today started with a problem. My phone’s battery had died overnight and once I’d thrown it on the charger and turned it on, it notified me I had voicemail. The message was from Nathan who’d lost his white gold, diamond engagement ring either on Silver Sands Beach in Mandurah or between there and his foreshore house this morning. Unfortunately he did not leave his number and as my phone was playing dead at the time of his call, it hadn’t captured his number as a missed call.

Bummer I thought, maybe I’ll try my phone carrier to see if they can retrieve it. I called customer service and left the phone on speaker phone, took a shower and having just a few clues to go on from Nathan’s message headed off to Mandurah about an hour south of Perth. Not far from Mandurah the call mysteriously! ended at 50 mins without them answering, so I rang again. I arrived at Silver Sands Beach and scouted the beach for any poles (which Nathan said in his message he had placed in the beach to mark the site – top work bloke!) and then I saw them far up the beach. I got back in the car and drove up a few more beach access ways before confirming the ‘stick’s with flags’ must be what I was looking for.

Nathan had also mentioned he’d been in front of his house so I figured I might get lucky knocking on the door of the three closest houses or that one of them would know about the lost ring so that’s what I tried. Boya! First door knocked was the owner of the lost ring. Now I could finally turn off the annoying music and “your call is important to us” messages!

Nathan invited me in and explained he’d been for a swim about 5.30 am and had left his ring on the arm of his sunnies and put them in his cap. Unfortunately he forgot about the ring and soon discovered back at the house that he no longer had it.

Lost engagement ring found with metal detector silver sands beach mandurah

Happy Days!

I decided to grid search the beach area he’d marked out first and had a little heart starter when my detector produced a soft, clean, ‘gold sounding’ signal not long after starting, but on retrieval of the target I found an old $2 coin in my hand. Not exactly what I’d been hoping for.

I continued to search methodically up and down the beach, doing the ‘shuffle’ to mark where I’d searched. about the 4th line in I got a strong, clean hit from my precious. As I knelt down to scoop for the target I realised the ring was staring at me, just visible in the sand. Picking it up I saw the three diamonds it should have on it sparkling in the sun and knew I’d found Nathans ring. I raced back to the house and presented the ring to it’s beaming owner.

Nathan invited me to have a beer with him and we swapped a few stories before I headed off on the journey back to Perth.

As I drove off, I recounted the day’s events and thought what a great result, considering I first had to find an owner and then find his ring.

Happy New Year Nathan!

 

Time Is Of The Essence! Lost Wedding Ring Found Just In Time. Trigg Beach, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

All my advertising states it.. Time is of the essence and often the #1 factor in effecting a successful recovery. After receiving a call from Steve today who had lost his Tiffany & Co, platinum wedding ring at Trigg beach this morning, I explained to him that it was important to search for it as soon as possible and that I could meet him at the beach in about an hour or so, to see about reuniting him with it.

lost and found platinum wedding ring

Steve Woke To Find Something Was Missing..

There are a number of reasons that it is important to act quickly but neither of us new that one of them would be present on the beach when we got there. One reason is that beaches and the weather can and do change very quickly, nope that wasn’t it. Another is that rings lost in sand can become deeply buried very quickly. Nope not that either.

Todays very good decision to act ASAP was because metal detecting as a hobby has become very popular in the last few years due in part at least, to the growing exposure to metal detecting through high interest ‘reality’ t.v shows such as Diggers, Gold Rush, and our own Aussie Gold Hunters. As a result our most popular beaches are seeing more and more detectorists racing around on them both in and out of the water and it is a very real possibility for a lost ring to be found by someone else before you have a chance to find a metal detecting specialist to find it for you.

Unfortunately very few of these ring’s are handed in to the Police and even fewer ever get back to their owners. This so easily could have happened today as when Steve and his wife led me down the access track to show me where they had been on the beach, I noted that there was a metal detector operator already searching on the beach no more than 100m from us and coming our way!

Steve had told me he had been having a snooze on the beach and when he woke up he realised his wedding ring was missing. He had spoken to the life gaurd’s close by who suggested he try to find a metal detecting service. After getting home Steve consulted uncle google who suggested TheRingFinders.com directory, where he found RingRescues.com.au and me.

lost wedding ring reunited with owner

No Longer A.W.O.L!

The #2 factor in making this a successful recovery was the very accurate loss location (cheers Steve) on a huge beach. Steve made the search for his ring a cinch by marking the spot where he had been sleeping with an arrangement of shells and I was able to find his ring almost immediately within 2m of them!

 

Steve told me prior to the search that if it couldn’t be found he may not replace it, but if you think that sound’s like he didn’t cherish it you’d be wrong. They say a picture tells a thousand words, and if that is true I reckon Steve’s smile says a hell of a lot of them in this one!

I can’t imagine ever getting sick of doing this for people, I just wish I could do it everyday… Love what I do…

Happy New Year Steve!

 

News Report, Dunsborough-Busselton Mail , Western Australia

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Link to a news story for my latest recovery in the Dunsborough-Busselton Mail.

https://www.busseltonmail.com.au/story/5151320/ring-recovery-a-change-of-luck-for-tourist/

Enjoy..

Happy End To Holiday For A German Family in Western Australia

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Merten and his family were enjoying another fantastic day in W.A. until he felt his custom made platinum wedding band (it took 8 years to settle on the design!) slip from his finger while playing with his daughter Emilia in the surf at Bunker bay near Dunsborough in South Western Australia.

Scene Of The Crime!

Mortified, he stood very still and tried to feel around in the shallow water for the ring but was unable to find it due to the surf at the time.

Wondering what to do, he tried google for help which resulted in a referal (thanks ‘Billy’) to ‘TheRingFinders’ metal detecting service where he was able to find me. When I received his email it had already been 3 days so after garnering the details from him I checked the weather and tide conditions for the area and asked if he could meet me the next morning to show me where he had been in the water.

Unfortunately he and his family were now quite a way inland staying in Manjimup and could not get back to Bunker bay until the following afternoon, so I asked him to send me a placemark on google maps marking the location so I could attempt a recovery as soon as possible.

Time is of the essence with all searches, but particularly in the surf for a number of reasons. The biggest of those is that when the sand a ring is sitting in becomes liquidatedy by the surf (water is forced under pressure between the grains of sand) most of the resistance which is supporting the weight of the lost item is removed and the ring or other heavy object settles lower and lower until something stops it or the resistance increases.

Should Be Here Somewhere Sean!

Obviously a metal detector can only detect small items to a certain depth (determined by the composition and mass of the item, and the mineralisation level of the soil or sand) and as they become buried deeper and deeper their response to a metal detectors electro-magnetic pulse becomes weaker and weaker until the response can no longer be ‘heard’ by the detectors electronics.

I packed up the ute and headed off on the 2.5hr drive south from Perth the next morning and arrived at Bunker bay a little after low tide in perfect conditions for a recovery.

Merten’s Precious Ring

Merten had told me he lost his ring about 4-5 pm (which the tidal charts told me was nearly high tide) and that he was only 1-2 m into the water so I was hoping if I searched at low tide the ring should be somewhere on the wet sand and more or less where he had lost it but probably buried fairly deep by now.

Luckily Merten had had some good reference points to give me so I started to search methodicaly up and down the beach to the waters edge, just to the right of where the ring should be. As I aproached the waters edge at the spot Merten had marked on the map for me I finally heard another signal (so far I had only recovered a pull-tab). I heard a faint, deep signal and my heart began to race! Please, please, please be Mertens ring I said to myself as I began removing scoop after scoop of sand and periodically scanning the hole to see if the target was still in the hole.

Eventually I heard nothing in the hole so I turned on my pinpointer and located the target in my piles of sand. I then felt for the item and yelled a big woohoo when I felt the unmistakeable shape of a ring in my hand. I washed the sand from it in the pool of water which had seeped into the hole I’d dug, and knew immediately that it was Mertens ring from the photo of it which I’d asked him to provide. Hooray!

Happy Days!

Merten rang not long after and I was able to share the wonderful news with him. I arranged to meet him and his family a little later in Dunsborough to reunite him with his ring after which we took the short drive back to the bay for a few photo’s and we parted company from there.

I never get sick of the joy these recoveries bring to people and cant wait to do it all over again for someone soon. Happy New Year Merten!!

I may not have a beard but.. Merry Xmas Nikki, Ringfinders Style!

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

What an extraordinary day! After a relatively poor afternoons detecting in the water at one of Perths most popular beaches I returned to my ute and now in a towel threw my wetsuit in the back. I was thinking I must check my phone to see if I had any messages when I turned to see a man on the road and a bike in the air! I rushed down the road (in a towel) to find the man had gone over the handle bars when a car had left the curb in front of him. He was not at all comfortable and may have broken his shoulder besides a serious dose of gravel rash. Luckily a lifegaurd was not far away and was able to take over as while this was going on I’d left my metal detector sitting on the back of my ute. The

Great work Niki! This made it all possible.

ambos duly arrived and it was now that I got in the car and checked my phone. I noticed there was a message from Niki regarding two lost rings. I called her straight away and found the message had been left 3 days before!  She had lost her diamond and platinum wedding set in the water at Whitfords beach whilst on holiday here. From England she now lives in Malaysia but was currently in Melbourne!

As usual the weather forecast was getting worse again over the next few days so being christmas day and only being 20 mins drive I thought it best to have a go asap. I asked Niki if she could send a google earth placemark of where she thought she’d lost the ring and photos of the rings I was looking for while I drove straight to Whitfords beach.

That would be one of em!

After seeing the rings and the location on my phone, and much to the astonishment of the last beach goers, I ran down to the waters edge just as the sun was setting, gouged a start line in the sand with my foot and started searching at some pace into and out of the water, in out, in out, in pulltab, out tent peg, in platinum diamond wedding band, BIG yehaaaa!

I was so excited I almost forgot theres another ring that should be around here somewhere. A few more sweeps of my coil and there it was, another super soft signal (platinum can be very hard to detect).

And that would be its brother!

I peered into my sandscoop and sure enough, there was Niki’s lovely diamond engagement ring, sparkling in my headlights beam!

I called Niki to tell her the wonderful news and when she answered and asked how I was, I was all of a sudden speachless, then I simply said ‘merry christmas Niki!’

I guess it was 11 pm or so in Melbourne when I called, and so it would seem that santa left his very best for last this year…

“Yep, RingFinding Is An Actual Thing, How Can I Help?”, Scarborough Beach, Western Australia

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

“Yep, ringfinding is an actual thing, how can I help!” was my reply when I got a call from Brett who’d lost his white gold wedding band in the water whilst at the dog beach this morning. He’d been poking around on google when he found ‘TheRingFinders.com’ and then me. He said he was surprised to find such a service existed, and in Western Australia.

After telling me what had happened, I checked the weather conditions and realised I needed to attempt a recovery asap as the wind, swell and tides were getting worse and it may be a week before better conditions for a search in the water might arrive.

Happy happy happy joy joy joy!

I asked if Brett could meet me at the beach in 40 mins to show me where he felt he had been in the water.

After meeting at the carpark I asked him to go to the beach ahead of me while I ‘suited up’, and place a ‘witches hat’ (road safety cone) as close as possible to where he felt he’d lost the ring. Brett had explained they had made some sandcastles in the morning so we could easily find where they had been.

When I got to the beach my heart sank a little as first I realised the sea had washed away the sandcastles (making locating the search area all the more difficult) and secondly the sea conditions did not look at all good for a wading search and in fact shortly after starting the search Brett and I could not move forward against the strong undertow which was also folding my detectors coil back against the shaft!

A bit depressed about the situation I left the water and asked Brett if there was any chance he might have lost it on the beach? He said he felt strongly that he had lost it in the water but could not be sure so I placed a ‘witches hat’ about 5 m either side of the one he had placed and began searching the beach. The first half of the search area produced only one target, you guessed it, a bottle cap! Now normally beer bottle caps are the bane of all metal detectorists (our beaches, parks and roadsides are literally loaded with these and aluminium pull tabs) but in this case when I showed Brett he remembered having seen it whilst mucking around that morning so we knew we were very close to where he had been. This certainly raised my hopes and mood!

As I approached the waves when I started searching the other half of the search area I got a great signal and thought, surely this is it..

As I retrieved the target I could not believe what I was seeing, I had just found a thick gold chain just a few inches down in the sand! On closer inspection we found it was ‘gold plated’ and since we were on a dog exercise beach I figure it was lost by a dog, not a human! (Anyway unless a dog calls to claim it, my dog Dylan now has some ‘lucky’ bling to wear for special occassions such as future ring finding assignments!)

Resuming the search I made another pass up and back and right at the waters edge got another solid signal from my metal detector. Feeling in the sand I felt the unmistakeable shape of a ring and exposing it from the sand, looked up to Brett and said “would this be your ring?”.

Well you can imagine the relief we all felt when Brett began to smile from ear to ear and said “yep, thats definately it”. And so ended the search for another ‘lost smile’. Kudos to Brett for finding near enough, the exact spot where he and his family had been. In the end the ring was within a few meters of the cone he had placed on the beach and I must have been very close to standing on it as I walked down to search the water when we first arrived!

It is always so rewarding to reunite people with their sentimental items, and this one was no exception, I can’t wait for that next call…

Platinum Wedding Band Found In 1 Minute! Perth, Western Australia

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Today as I was getting ready to watch the All Blacks (rugby team) play Australia in a southern hemisphere version of the superbowl, I got a call from Thomas inquiring if I could help find his wifes platinum wedding band which she had lost this morning in the sand at a popular childrens playground in Perths southern suburbs. On the one hand I was thinking, well it’s about time I got an enquiry for what should be a straight forward, easy search (so far this year I have only had one ring search that was not in or underwater, and even that took a monumental effort over 8.5 hrs in a storm!) and on the other that the timing could not be worse with ‘kickoff’ in just an hours time!

I learned that Thomas was a Fly In Fly Out worker who was currently at work in Karratha about 1200 km north of Perth and that his wife had bought a $200 metal detector to search for the ring but had not had any joy.

Luckily (for me and my rugby fetish!) his wife had left the area already so I agreed to meet her at the location at 6.30 pm, which allowed me to get to a pub on the way, watch the All Blacks win the rugby match in the last minute of the game, win a small wager on Beauden Barrett to score a try and skedadle? over to Bibra Lake to meet Thomas’s wife Mandy and his son Julius.

Mandy showed me where she was standing pushing her son in one of the swings and approximately where the ring had shot off her finger into the sand and should still be. I turned on my detector and started to search the sand and almost immediately received a solid signal within the right sort of target i.d range one might expect for a medium weight womens platinum ring.

Mandy, Julius and the missing ring!

Alas it was a thick piece of circular wire, damn! I resumed searching and a short while later got another clean signal in the right range. I took a scoop of sand from where I had pinpointed the signal and shaking the sand from the scoop saw that it was indeed a platinum ring, Mandy’s wedding band!

Well as you can see from the photo she was pretty darn happy about it, and just quietly, so was I.

I’d had a pretty good day.. we (New Zealand) had won the rugby against our favourite team to beat, the player I’d picked to score a try.. did, and I’d found a platinum wedding ring in about a minute!

Merry christmas you two… Chow for now!..

 

8.5 Hr Farm Search In A Storm For Lost Wedding Band, Margret River, Western Australia

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Hi again! I received an email from Desmond on friday explaining he had lost his ‘Cartier’ gold wedding band somewhere on ‘Sunflowers Farmstay’ in Margret River, about 3 hrs drive south of Perth. Des had been on holiday there with friends and family and would be flying home to Singapore on tuesday evening, so he was obviously distressed that he would now be returning without it.

I asked Des to send me a google earth file showing the areas on the farm where he had been and together we were able to narrow down the time frame and the search area by checking photographs taken on the day that showed the ring both on his finger and not. This still left a lot of ground to cover around the farm buildings (plus the 45 min tractor ride he’d taken across the paddocks!) The farm’s history began in the 1920’s so there was a lot of rubbish metal to deal with. On top of these difficulties there had also been a lot of rain in the area which meant lots of mud! I called the owner of the farm and after explaining the situation, gained permission to search the farm for Des’s ring.

On Monday I set sail with a bit of camping gear (in preperation for a long and difficult search that I knew could take days!) and on arrival I met with Debbie and went over my search plan with her.

As the moon was rising and not knowing how long the weather would hold I decided to start searching as soon as possible. As the ring was a heavier mens gold ring I lowered the sensitivity on my detector to avoid hearing any small or deep signals and ran it on full iron discrimination with appropriate notch discrimination after testing a similar ring and estimating the target i.d range for Des’s Ring.

Two very happy punters and a very lucky ring!

I detected around the buildings that evening, covering about 650 squares over three hours and after not finding it. determined the next most likely area to search was the barbecue area he’d visited on the 45 min tractor ride around the farm.

Debbie allowed me to camp at the bbq area overnight so I could resume the search at first light.

Unfortunately about 2hrs before sunup a rather nasty storm set in which quickly flooded my camp making for a rather unpleasant start to my day! Unable to detect effectively in the driving rain and concerned about becoming bogged in my ute, I headed back to the farmhouse and rang Des to tell him the bad news regarding the weather and asked a few more questions of him. It was then that I discovered I had missed an area around the farm buildings so between showers I proceeded to search this new area of interest.

Now heres a funny thing… I was nearly finished when two women and their children approached me on their way to feed some kangaroos at the end of the track I was searching when one of the women said “you wont find any gold here”, to which I replied “actually thats exactly what I’m looking for…”  Well bugger me the next thing I found was a gold Singaporean dollar coin! This lifted my spirits a bit and I figured it a good sign that the ring might be nearby. Alas, I completed the search of this area without finding it.

The weather was still coming in waves and I joked with the farm staff that I should put my wetsuit on before searching the paddocks!

Luckily the rain started to ease so I headed back to search the bbq area which also failed to turn up the ring. My worst fears were now a reality knowing it was highly likely the ring was somewhere in the paddocks and that an even bigger storm wasn’t far away! I remember thinking well I’m cold and wet but I’m 3 hrs from home and I really dont want to go home without the ring as well, so I began to search the track leading back to the farmhouses. I sure am glad I started at the right end (the wrong end would have meant another days searching!) as I’d only gone about 40 m when I heard a loud, clear signal and looking down, saw what could only be Des’s ring, glowing brightly amongst the grass. I could hardly believe it for a moment and as there was no one around I did a fair bit of dancing, yelling and screaming. 8.5 hrs mostly in the rain, and finally success, yehaaa!!!!

Wedding Ring Found In Canal – Mandurah Coastal Times, Western Australia

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.