Sean Boddie, Author at The Ring Finders

3 Hour Drive To Rescue A Gold Pendant, Dunsborough, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Simon and a bunch of mates from Perth, had headed 3 hours south to Dunsborough for a boys weekend. They had rented a holiday house set in the bush and had been having a good old time when someone suggested a game of volleyball on the sand court in the backyard.

Now volleyball and jewellery are not the best of mates, let me tell you. As you can probably guess, Simon was spiking the volleyball when he

Sifting for gold! In hindsight I reckon the owner (far right, shirt off) is standing on top of it!

felt a tug at his neck. When his feet hit the ground he instinctively felt for his precious gold pendant and sure enough the pendant was missing.

The match ended there as all the boys pitched in to rake their hands through the sand in search of Simons pendant. Someone had the bright idea to try sifting for it but unfortunately that didn’t work either, probably because I reckon Simon (shirt off on the right of the photo) is standing right on top of it! When this approach had failed one of his friends tried googling for a metal detecting service and shortly after I got a call from Simon to explain what had happened.

They only had the house for one more day so I said I could head down straight away and see if I could reunite him with it asap.

After meeting the crew, who by mid-afternoon were a rather cheerful bunch of characters, Simon and his twin brother Alex showed me out the back to the scene of the loss.

The rest of the crew arrived shortly after to watch the show so as I would have an audience I wondered if I should go straight to the area of the court where he’d thought he’d lost it (i.e where they are all standing in the photo) or work my way from the back of the court up to the area. As much as one side of my brain liked the first option I resisted the temptation and decided on the latter as I felt sure there would be coins and potentially other jewellery lost in the sand court. I was partly right as I dug 5c first , then 10c, then 20c and 50c in that order. I also quickly found that there were buried pipes around the edges of the court which didn’t help on the detecting side of things. I just had to hope the pendant wasn’t sitting on top or beside one of the pipes which it could be as I’d had Simon show me what he was doing at the time of the loss and he was more side on to the net when it had occured so I figured I would find it close to the right edge of the court or past it when I thought through the possible physics involved in the loss.

The boy’s got a bit excited each time I stopped, knelt and turned on my pinpointer but each time it was a coin or something else so their

Made in Italy.

excitement had ebbed away after 5 or six of these false alarms! As I got to the volleyball net for the second time I heard a soft edged, loud signal in my headphones and thought “please be it”. It was just the sort of tone I’d been listening for and a quick glance at the

Simon’s precious returned along with his smile!

target I.D on my AT-PRO detector told me this time it was not a coin and was about what I’d expect for a flat gold pendant. I swung the detector across it from different angles and felt even more sure as there was some variation in signal length and i.d indicating an iregular shape or angle. Most objects lost in sand end up laying flat before too long Kneeling once more I poked my pinpointer in the sand to locate the target and then felt for the object. Pulling it from the sand there was a glint of gold and then the whole pendant appeared in my hand as the sand fell away.

“Found it” I yelled. The boys excitement returned real quick and so did Simon’s smile. He certainly looked very relieved.

After a bit of whooping and high fiving I was treated to a few beers (cheers guys) as I got asked to recount a few stories of past recoveries which seemed to keep them well entertained for an hour or so.

Before I’d had too many beers to drive I bid the lads farewell and headed off on the three hour return trip back to Perth, feeling rather pleased I’d been able to reunite Simon with his sentimental momento from Italy on the same day he’d lost it..

Gotta say I never get tired of that feeling and can’t wait till I’m needed again.. bye for now.

 

 

 

Sentimental Engagement Ring Found, Wembly Downs, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

As she regularly does, Glenys had been providing care at a home in Wembly Downs one morning but when she got to her car in the driveway with an armload of stuff including her 3 rings, she noticed one of them in the drivers floorpan of her car. She immediately set about finding the others before driving home. She was able to find another of her rings under the drivers seat but not her precious engagement ring.

The little rascal

Earlier she had taken her rings off inside the home to put on gloves and do some cleaning. That was the last time she had seen all three. After several re-checks of the car, house and driveway and not finding it she had consulted uncle google for help. Uncle google found my website www.ringrescues.com.au where she found my phone number.

I met Glenys in the driveway the next day and had her show me where the car had been parked. There was a slight 3-5 degree slope to the passenger door side of the driveway which ends in a low bushy garden (the lower end of the garden can be seen in the background of the photo of Glenys with her ring). I asked if she had checked the garden edge on the downward side which she had not so I decided to start there as I thought of the physics in the dropping of the two found rings and thought it plausable that if the engagement ring was lost at the same time it could have missed the door frame/seat and run?/rolled/bounced its way under the car to end up in the garden on the other side of the driveway.

Nope, it wasn’t there so I then detected the upper side garden edge from the letter box up toward the door. Unfortunately there was a good amount of accumulated metal rubbish in both gardens so this took quite awhile to work through. I really hoped I’d find it outside as house searches are a different kettle of fish and rather invasive by nature, especially if it’s not their house!

Just outside the front door to the house was a group of potplants in the top corner of the garden. Due to how they were placed I was unable

Happy happy happy..

to effectively detect this area with my metal detector so I put it down and turned on my handheld pinpointer and began poking it in and around the pots when BEEP! Beep, beep, BEEEEEP my pinpointer alerted me to the presence of metal! Kneeling down to look between two pots there it was, diamond glittering. It must have fallen from her arms as she stepped into the driveway, coming to rest just out of sight at the base of one of the pot’s. I yelled “found it” and moments later Glenys stared at me in disbelief as I held her ring in my hand.

I grinned as I handed it to her and said “now do let me know if you’d like that wedding ring found!”

During this search I learned that Glenys had also lost her wedding ring at her home many years ago, but hopefully thats a story for another day..

 

Sentimental Ring Found, Peppermint Grove, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Judy had been having a hectic morning of gardening and walking her daughters dog along with some babysitting and wasn’t sure where she had lost her very sentimental, gold ring with yellow and pink argyle diamonds.

I’d agreed to meet her the next day after taking in one of the longer loss stories I’d had for a while. As usual my treasure brain would not let me sleep as it replayed that story over and over again. So next day and I’m not feeling as well rested as I might have with the prospect of a long hunt ahead we went back over the details and then I asked Judy to show me the various areas I’d identified to search at her house. I decided to begin searching the back yard first of all with fears that if it was not there the next area to search was the metal ridden side of the house.

Judy’s smile generator!

Well the gods of metal detecting were smiling on me today, not 10 mins into the search and bingo! After ignoring many signals I heard a distinctive double tone and thought this could be what I’m looking for. A quick check of the target i.d on my metal detector confirmed it was a low conductor and I said “this could be it” to Judy as I knelt down to pinpoint the signal. I moved some dead leaves aside with the pinpointer and there it was, Judy’s precious sparkling against the dark earth.

Needless to say Judy could not at first believe it, there followed a stunned silence for a few moments untill she realised it really was her precious ring as I handed it to her. Her face broke into a smile from ear to ear and my work was done!

 

 

 

There you go Judy..

Zero Visibility Underwater Recovery Of Lost Bracelet, Ascot Marina, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

A call from Ryan informed me that he’d just lost a heavy silver bracelet in the water between his boat and the marina jetty it is tied alongside in the Ascot Waters Marina in Perth, Western Australia.

The bracelet was particularly sentimental to Ryan as he had had a quantity of 99.9% silver coins from the Perth mint melted down and made into the bracelet whilst in Bali and it had lived on him ever since.

Happy days!

Somehow the double latch system had unlatched itself and the bracelet went ‘plonk’ as he’d stepped off the boat onto the jetty.. Luckily Ryan is an accomplished gold prospector so he knew about underwater detectors and quickly thought “I wonder if there is an underwater metal detecting service in Perth”.

A quick google search found my profile page on The Ring Finders International Directory of Metal Detecting Specialist’s and from there to my local website www.RingRescues.com.au.

When Ryan rang and told me what had happened I knew instantly what would be required in order to find the bracelet.. diving in absolute zero visibility. Lovely, just what I need was my first thought but then the thrill of the hunt kicked in and my thoughts turned toward the extra elation I tend to feel when I can successfully retrieve items from extreme conditions like this.

Although there are no strong currents and it is not deep where the bracelet had sunk, at 2.5m down in the murk, there is absolutely no light below about 1.5m so this would be tough as these locations are also typically filled with all manner of metal items and rubbish.

I loaded my dive gear onto the ute and headed off to meet Ryan at the boat and set about finding and retrieving the bracelet for him. He had to leave again quickly but said he’d be back in ten minutes. I organised myself into my gear and decided to make a start without him as I was starting to get rather hot in the humid conditions. Descending to 2.5m I found I was correct in that it was so black down there that any normal kind of black would be jelous! I had to hold my pinpointers led light about 10′ infront of my mask to see any illumination.. I thought here we go again, groping around in the dark wondering what I’m going to bump into or become entangled in next!

I’d also guessed correctly about the amount of metal junk buried in the thick black mud bottom finding first an engine coil pack and then a frying pan, cans, sinkers, swivels, hooks, and so on! My finds bag was quickly filled with junk and a trip to the surface was required in just 5 mins or so. When I surfaced Ryan was just stepping back onto

Ryans custom made pure silver bracelet made for him in Bali.

the boat so I passed him the junk and returned to the bottom.. after removing more junk, I reached into the mud again and this time felt a heavy flexible weight in my hand which was about the right length for a bracelet but I couldn’t be sure until I saw what I’d found in the light. I surfaced and lifted the weight in my hand out of the water and there it was, Ryan’s bracelet shining brightly in the mid-day sun.

I looked up at Ryan as I passed it to him with my regulator still in my gob, unable to say anything but as usual words weren’t really neccessary and I could see the relief spread across his face as it sunk in that he actually did have it back!

It was a real pleasure retrieving it for you Ryan.. despite the filth! but please don’t drop it (or anything else for that matter) in there again, as you know, it’s flat out nasty down there…

 

 

Quick Response Jags A Lost Gold Wedding Ring, North Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

This search began with a call from Chris who’d lost his wedding ring somewhere on the beach or in the water whilst fishing with two friends from North Cottesloe Beach.  One of his friends had seen his wedding ring still on his finger a few hours later but by about 2pm he noticed it was missing. He and his friends had been searching for a while with no success when he spoke to a friend who did a google search for metal detecting services in Western Australia where he found ‘theringfinders’ directory and through the directory my local website www.RingRescues.com.au. Chris called me about 3 pm to ask if I could find his ‘precious’ for him. Thats what I do so as they were still at the location I hopped in the ute and headed off to the rescue..

About an hour later Chris met me in the carpark and led me down to his friends on the beach. I asked Chris to walk me around the various places he’d been fishing from and even established the area he’d walked to to answer a call of nature! From that information I prioritised 3 areas to search first and marked them out with flags. I was anticipating a lot of junk and knowing the approximate weight and composition of the ring I decided for that reason to use my trusty Garrett AT-PRO metal detector which would allow me to leave most targets in situ. After checking them all and not finding Chris’s ring I was now looking at having to fill in a large area of beach between the three areas. I hadnt found as much junk as I thought I might so I switched to my more powerful Whites Surfmaster Detector which I can swing even faster than the PRO allowing me to cover more ground in quicker time and performs much better on the wet sand and in the water if I had to go in! It was also possible the ring had been ‘cast’ into the ocean but I was trying not to think about that. Anyway that possibility was still at the bottom of the list, probability wise.

Chris’s precious..

I began to search away from the area he and his friends had made thier ‘fishing operations base’, the first place I had searched and recovered various junk, a few coins and one of THEIR fishing lures! A few minutes later bingo! I looked up to find that Chris was not looking at me at the time which is unusual as most people are alerted that I’ve found something when my pinpointer starts screaming!

Smiling again!

As I was a fair distance from him he did not realise for a moment and until he did I witnessed the range of facial expressions one goes through as you transition from unsure to realisation to shock and finally joy! Now look at that smile and you may guess how rewarding for me that moment was.

Cheers Chris!

 

 

A Good Days Fishing Ends Tragically, Lost Wedding Band Found, Busselton, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Shae’s expensive sinker!

Shae had had a bad days fishing. Well it was a good days fishing with his daughter until.. you guessed it, he lost his wedding band, probably due to an emulsion of sunblock, water and fish bait oils plus a bit of momentum. It was the next day when he called so I got in the car and set sail for Busselton about 1.5 hrs south of Perth and met him a few hrs later at the fishing spot he and his daughter had been enjoying until the unthinkable had happened.

When I learned from Shae it was a popular fishing spot where he’d lost his wedding ring, I started to imagine all the beer bottle caps there would be, uddles of them as so often surrounds these areas, besides all the hooks, sinkers, swivels and other less useful rubbish commonly associated with this past time!

I met Shae at the site and got him to explain things in more detail. I then marked out a search area which he agreed was the maximum extent in which he had been which I then began to search.

Luckily after only about five minutes into the search (I was right about the rubbish levels so it could have been a long and frustrating search otherwise) I heard a really clean, solid “you must dig me” announcement from my headphones!

I didn’t want to alert Shae just yet as I sometimes like to have a bit of fun and really surprise the person, but I couldn’t help myself this time.. I turned to Shae and said something like “Shae, sometimes you just know it’s gold.. I reckon this is it”. He moved closer and on my knees I

No longer lost..

used my pinpointer to locate the item in the sand before using its side to flick the ring out of the sand in front him. I turned to Shae and we had a little speachless moment before he plucked his ring up and then a bit of whoopin and high fiving.

I’d found the ring about 3′- 4′ under one of his foot prints. He’d actually stood right on it at some point whilst searching for it the day before!

Shae went home a very happy chap and so did I just quietly..  3hrs driving, for just a 5 minute fix!

Love what I do, see ya’ll again soon..

 

Remote Ringfind, Byron Bay, Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

The Ring was lost beyond the line in the sand… somewhere!

Ring Ring, Ring Ring.. A Mr O’Conner called me recently and asked if I could help him as he’d lost a very sentimental signet ring. “Well, you’ve called the right bloke” I said, “finding lost stuff is what I do”. He then explained that he’d lost his signet ring in Byron Bay. Well here I am in Perth, Western Australia fielding a call for help from the other side of the continent! I said “Mmmm.. Ok. So tell me more.”

Mr O’Conner’s family crest on the lost signet ring.

After hearing the ‘loss’ story and asking some ‘investigative’ questions, I felt sure that be I’d be able to find his ring but a search with the right equipment needed to happen asap to ensure it was there to be found.  I know this will sound silly but it’s true – there is always a danger of a lost ring ‘disapearing’ whilst lost, especially at the beach (or any public area actually), and that danger increases markedly with the passage of time! It was a possibility that Mr O’Conner may have lost the ring in the water during a building tidal cycle so time was of the essence here.

Mr O’Conner explained that his signet ring was a heirloom ring passed down from his grandfather. Given the significance of the ring and not knowing anyone near Byron Bay who I could suggest, let alone recommend to help him, I suggested that I could look for a cheap flight from Perth to Brisbane and a train down to Byron Bay to search for the lost ring. Mr O’Conner felt it was his only option if I didn’t mind.

As I began to pack a few essentials I thought if only I had a clone of myself available to direct in Brisbane. It would be two days before there was a reasonably priced flight so I decided to look for a similar service to mine near Byron Bay and found Gold Coast Detectorist Rob Tansey

who had reported many ringfinds on the Gold Coast and it became clear after speaking to him that he had good experience and the right equipment.. Just what we needed. Initally Rob wasn’t too keen to drive down to Byron Bay especially as the Commonwealth Games were on and he said you’d be mad to try driving anywhere out of Brisbane at the time. Anyway after a bit of pleading I managed to convince him when I said I had already planned the search, all he needed to do was to get there and follow my detailed plan to success!

The search area at Byron Bay.About mid-day the next day I recieved a txt from Rob to say he’d arrived at the location and marked out the search area I’d sent him, along with other info such as weather and tides for the area, specific landmarks and refrence points. etc etc. I rang Mr O’Conner and explained that Rob had started the search. Usually when I am swinging I am extremely positive but I began to feel a number of emotions as I waited for hopefully good news. I can only imagine how Mr O’Conner was feeling.

Exactly 51 minutes later! Yes, Sweet success.. Rob had just sent me a photo of the ring.. He’d found it. We spoke shortly afterward then he headed back to the Gold Coast with Mr O’Conner’s precious safe once again.

Hello shiney one!

I said I’d call Mr O’Conner to tell him the great news and get back to him about getting a courier to reunite Mr O’Conner with his ring down in Sydney where he live’s..

Well Mr O’Conner was over the moon when I called, he simply said “how did you do that, how did you do that, I can’t believe you actually did it!”

It had only been two days since he’d lost it and my bum hadn’t left my couch in Perth! Thanks to Rob we’d saved Mr O’Conner’s ring and me a three hr flight besides the additional cost and time. It really was a win, win, win situation like no other.

A few days later Mr O’Conner rang to say his little package had arrived and how good it was to see it again.. He asked me to be sure to thank Rob which I did for both of us.

Job done! Next please..

The Stuff Of Legends! Gold Wedding Ring Found @ Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

The Stuff of Legends – Cottesloe Beach, April 2, 2018.

Last week, I flew to Perth to visit my brother Sean who I hadn’t seen in ten years.  It was going to be an epic catch up and I was hoping I would get the chance to see him in action on a ring find – a new talent he had developed since we last saw each other.  I was fascinated with the whole process, and eager to share in what I was convinced would be a wicked feel good factor, reuniting someone with their lost ring.

On our last afternoon, we were chilling out at home before heading to the airport, when Sean took a call from a distressed woman who had just lost her wedding band running out of the surf at Cottesloe beach. It had simply slipped off as she ran up the beach, and was flung into the sand –  somewhere… Lucky for her the Cottesloe lifeguards told her she could find Sean’s contact details on The Ring Finders website – a glimmer of hope in an otherwise hopeless situation.

Sean went from woah to go in an instant, and we were on the road bound for Cottesloe – the importance of getting on to a search quickly was not lost on me – so many factors that could impact your chances of ever finding your lost jewellery – the weather, the sea conditions, whether

Sean and Angie discussing the search area.

you can accurately pinpoint an area in which it was lost, and of course the risk of someone else finding it, or worse, the evening  sand sieve machine chewing it up and spitting it into the unknown…

We arrived and met Angie above the beach. She took us down to where she thought she had lost her ring.  In an excellent move that would prove pivotal to the outcome, she and her friends had placed coffee cups in the sand to mark the points between which she thought the ring had been lost. Sean then quizzed Angie on the circumstances surrounding her loss, and clarified details before commencing his search.

Angie, her friends and I watched as Sean methodically covered the area.  His technique was a fascinating ‘shuffle’ that was systematic and almost dance-like.  I was surprised at the speed he was moving, as I thought it would be much slower.  Every minute or so, Sean would pause, hovering his detector back and forth, testing for the right signal and honing in on a target.  Sometimes he would move on, but other times, he would drop to his knees and used a pinpointer that beeped wildly as he felt round the spot.  Our hearts would leap to our throats every time  – and they would sink again as he retrieved a piece of lead, a coin, or some other debris left behind on the beach.

As he approached the second and last coffee cup at the far end of the area Angie had indicated, we began to resign ourselves to the possibility that the ring was lost for good.  Angie had been married 22 years, and this would be devastating – sure a gold band can be replaced, but not the fact that for 22 years it had been on her finger and with her every step.  A new one just wouldn’t be the same.

Angie’s precious… rescued!

about 10 minutes into the search, Sean once again dropped to his knees in the sand as he followed a target. A moment later, he lifted his hand in the air and exclaimed “yeaaaaah – woohoo”. Angie and her friends were so excited, squealing with delight as

Thanks to life gaurds giving Angie my no..

Angie rushed over to Sean and threw her arms around him.  “Oh My God, What a Legend!!!  Thank you so much!!” she exclaimed over and over. 

There it was, the feel good factor.  This is why Sean does this, right there, that moment.

After thanking the lifeguards for connecting them, Sean and Angie took a few pictures before we headed to the pub across the road for a celebratory drink before I departed for the airport on a high.  What a way to round off an awesome week!

 

 

Anniversary Search Finds Gold Nugget Necklace, South Beach, Fremantle, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

On Easter Friday, one year to the day after finding a 78 diamond engagement ring (See post “Lost in the drink… “) in the surf at South Beach, I was back in the drink hoping to get lucky again! My sister and a good friend had travelled from New Zealand for a bit of R’n’R and a well overdue catchup. As they were soaking up the sun on the beach I found myself in the water searching the same area I had searched

The woopsee ring! Found Easter Fri 2017.

exactly one year before. An unplanned anniversary hunt if you like. I was hoping to find something interesting as neither my sister or friend had seen me or anyone else metal detecting.

So far I’d recovered some coins, a bracelet, an earing and two junk rings when I got talking to a woman in the water who’d asked me about metal detecting. When I told her I metal detect professionally for peoples lost jewellery she said “oh, did I read about you finding a ring at Rottnest Island last year”. Turns out she was talking about one of my favorite finds which happened to be the one immediately before the one pictured at left! (See post “Jaqui’s facebook… “)

A short while later I was approaching the exact area in the water where I had found the stunning, diamond engagement ring when a man called out to me from the beach. He said a woman had lost a gold nugget necklace a bit further along the beach and asked if I could use my detector to look for it. “Sure can” I said, “where is she?” We walked down the beach together but could not find her so the man showed me where she had been searching in the sand. I said I would make a start searching there while he went off and tried to find her.

The lost hierloom nugget..

Literally just five or six sweeps of the coil and I heard a very soft but “scratchy” signal from my headphones. It was the typical sort of response that you get from a chain or wire so I dragged a few inches of sand away with my foot. As I did so I thought I saw a golden glint come from the sand in the hole. Reaching down I picked up the end of a thin gold chain but when I pulled it out, I found it was broken and did not have a nugget attached.

Well thats a great start I thought, surely thats the chain and if so the nugget shouldn’t be too far away. I stood up and scanned the hole again, this time the signal was much cleaner and louder, there was something else in the same hole! I sank to my knees and moments later my hand held pin pointer began to sing as I moved it closer to the target in the sand.

Another lost smile… Found.

A bit more ferreting around and bingo, one gold nugget to go with the broken chain. Yehaa! Now to find the owner of said nugget.. I looked around and could not even see the chap who’d shown me where to detect for it either.

In the mean time my sister and friend had noticed something was up and had come for a look. While telling them what had happened a woman and child arrived on the scene and I could tell by the womans tears that she would be the owner. She told me that the nugget necklace had been passed down to her from her grandmother and it meant so much to her that I had been able to find it.

Unfortunately she had to leave right away, it all happened so fast I did not ask her name. It’s always heart warming when you can turn someones tears into happy tears. Happy Easter.. again!

 

Lost Longines Watch Rescued From Rottnest Island, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Geraldine had been enjoying some time with her family on Rottnest Island when sitting in the

How to un-loose a Longines watch!

sand she had lost her sentimental watch given to her by her husband Keith. On the phone she explained they would shortly be returning to Perth so I organised to meet them at their home so they could show me on google earth where they thought they had been on the beach and their movement routes to and from their accomodation as Geraldine was unsure just where she may have lost it.

After quizing Keith and Geraldine about the loss I booked the first ferry to Rottnest for the next day and set off home to prepare.

Up bright and early I drove the 45 mins to Fremantle and boarded the ferry to Rottnest Island. An hour or so later I arrived at the accomodation area where Geraldine and Keith had been staying. I found their chalet no. and walked down the beach access track they had used to and from the beach. When I got to the beach I found that someone was laying right on the spot I’d pre-determined as the most likely area for the watch to be. I had a little chuckle to myself and wondered if I would find it there after the person laying on top of it moved!

Geraldines precious.

The situation now required a change of plan so I decided to search either side of the lady sunbaking and work to a respectable distance from her. Not long after starting man approached me and gave me a card explaining that a woman had lost her watch here yesterday and if I found it could I call him to get it back to her. He thought it was just a coincidence that I was metal detecting. He was quite shocked when I said that was why I was here as she’d only lost it the prior afternoon. He wished me luck and I resumed with the search.

Despite working around the lady on the beach I felt a little bit funny about it, thinking she must be thinking what is this bloke doing, there’s a whole beach with no one on it, why does he have to do that right here etc.. Luckily she rolled over and asked what I was doing which gave me the chance to explain… she laughed when I told her I thought the watch was probably under her bum! She promptly stood up, shook her towel and invited me to search where she had been sitting. Sweep, sweep, sweep.. nothing. “Oh well” I said, “it’s not there but it can’t be too far away.” I continued another five or six meters untill I got to an area I had already done then turned to make another pass.

The lady had just sat back down when I got a nice fat signal about 4 m from her. Knealing down I pushed my pin pointer into the sand untill it began to beep indicating my target close by. I pushed my hand into the dry sand pretty confident it was the watch. As I felt it in the sand and knowing the lady was watching I paused a moment or two, and then as I looked up at her I slowly withdrew my hand and the watch from the sand! She didn’t say a word. Her jaw just dropped open and stayed there awhile as I felt a smile start beaming from ear to ear!

Returned to a very happy reception!

As usual on the island my phone had died so I took the chance before the next ferry left to report the find to the Island Police. After getting some charge into my phone on the ferry I called Geraldine to inform her that I was regretably on my way back…. with her watch! Rottnest Island is one of those beautiful places no one wants to leave, hence the regret.

And one for the outstanding rings file..

A little while later I was able to return the much loved watch to a rather teary Geraldine.

During the reunion (over a few beers) I learned that Keith was the one to loose something precious on their only other trip to Rottnest Island some 6 years prior.. his wedding ring! He had been snorkling when he lost it and when he described where and how he had lost it I knew there was a good chance that it is still there and I just might be able to find it as well, now that would be a story and a half wouldn’t it. The ring in the photo on the left is the replacement. Hopefully I get a chance soon to look for the original but for now I’ll have to add it to my oustanding rings file..