Sean Boddie, Author at The Ring Finders

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..

 

Lost iPhone X, Found. Rottnest Island, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Every year in March a bunch of nutters contest the Perth to Rottnest Island swim, a 2o km swim from the mainland through sharky waters to the pub in Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island. On the day of the swim I’d heard that several groups of swimmers in this years race were plucked from the water by safety vessels due to shark sightings. In fact I thought that the race had been abandoned as a result.

Georgia had been on the island to support one of these swimmer/nutters and informed me that the race had continued for most contestants. During the celebrations on the beach in front of the pub later that night, she had lost her $1800 iPhone 10 somewhere in the sands of the beach. Besides the replacement cost Georgia is a photographer and the phone was full of irreplaceable photo’s including baby photo’s she’d recently taken for a client.

She had tried searching in the sand for it most of the next day but when unsuccessful and knowing she must get on a ferry before long decided to report the loss to the Rottnest Island Police. Due to the many expensive items I’ve recovered and reported as found to them they were able to tell her about my service and gave her my number. She had to borrow a phone to call me of course so our first phone call was only long enough for me to realise how distraught she was and time for me to reasure her that I could help! I would have to wait a little longer before getting the full story.

Later I found out that the phone was still turned on and was giving a GPS location. That was a good start. I got Georgia to book me a ticket for the first ferry the next day and set about getting ready for an early start.

One of my searches at Rottnest involved a 10 km bike ride muliple times with a dive tank strapped under the handlebars! Luckily there was no need for a bike this time as the pub is only 300 m from the islands main jetty. After the rather bumpy ferry trip I walked down to the Pub and tried to call Georgia to get the exact GPS coordinates from her but found that I had little to no reception. I decided to make a start searching the beach where Georgia had described and where I believed the location was.

After an hour and no joy I was able to speak to Georgia and get her to email me the coordinates. Well do you think I could get an internet connection for 30 seconds? Not today! Eventually I was lucky to be offered the use of the hotels network (Thanks a bunch Sandy) and soon had the coordinates. Next problem… looking at the map and coordinates I thought mmm now thats right there under that massive tree overhanging the pub and a good portion of the beach in front of it. Last I recall GPS doesnt work too flash under trees and it must be damn difficult to “see” any satelites from under the sand!

Normally, with a clear view of the sky, GPS can be accurate to aroud 2-3 m but not under a 150 year old gum tree! l put the coordinates into my handheld GPS and as I suspected the accuracy was about 10 – 20 m from where the phone was saying it was which was likely even more inaccurate given that its buried in the sand! Unfortunately this strategy for finding the phone didn’t end up being very useful at all. I decided I would have to mark off half the beach and detect my way through it methodically.

That leads me to the next problem.. Oh my god this beach is man made! Well it might as well be given the amount of metal trash in it from event after event over the years.

It was like a shipwreck site with metal everywhere. This required some thought on the right settings to use as it was impossible to swing my detector anywhere without getting “car bonnet signals”! This was one of those searches that you really hope you start in the right corner and luckily for me I did… about 20 mins (and 200 pieces of junk) into the search my fingers felt the unmistakeable shape of a phone in the sand and I knew I’d succeeded!

Georgia was ‘over the moon’ when I delivered the great news on the phone and again, as can be seen in the photo above when I delivered her phone.

I never get sick of reactions like that and its why I truley love what I do…

 

 

Third Time Lucky? Lost Wedding Band Found. Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Bodan had been playing with his son in the water when he lost his wedding band at a remote stretch of beach which required a 4wd to access. As usual with water searches I explained to Bodan the ‘need for speed’ and organised a search the same day despite the conditions looking marginal at best.

Lost Ring GPS mark

Bodan’s GPS mark was a great idea and significantly increased our chances!

I met Bodan at his house where we transfered my equipment including my SCUBA gear into his 4wd and set off  through the sand dunes north of his house. Unfortunately we had no joy as the swell was just a tad big and I was having real trouble keeping my feet on the bottom and with the larger waves I was swimming! The wave zone is one of the hardest areas to detect at any beach as it can be just a bit rough and or deep to work by wading and is too surgy and low visibility let alone dangerous to dive.

Second time lucky? The following day we repeated the exercise but things were against us once again. A comedy of errors ensued and ended the day with my detector becoming waterlogged! Not good, not good at all as I don’t currently have a backup underwater detector and besides I have become rather attached to “Shupriah” my detector as she has found me a small fortune in jewellery over the years and I shuddered to think I may have killed her!

Third time lucky? I must admit the chances of finding a ring lost in the wave zone in deep, soft and constantly moving sand after 6 days are deminishing rapidly. A number of days had passed with rough ocean conditions at the site which was only good for one reason, it would allow me time to try and revive “Shupriah”.

Bodan’s Gold Wedding Band

After completely stripping, washing, drying, drying and more drying, rebuilding and finally testing my “baby” I found that not only did she work but the threshold seemed more stable than ever! Great news and just in time for the much better weather conditions that had arrived. I rang Bodan and told him the good news and organised with him to have one more go at finding his ring.

This time I was able to work the loss area methodically and after 15 mins and a couple of heart starters I suddenly got that rising warmth of recognition upon hearing the soft, full sound of a gold ring come from my headphones and after a couple of attempts with the scoop found what we were looking for, Bodans Gold wedding band glowing in the bottom of my scoop. I simply yelled ” you wont believe it..” Bodan ran into the water and as he neared me I picked the ring up and passed it to him as I said “and bobs your uncle!” Bodan was exstatic and so was I just quietly.

Dylan and Bodan are most happy about the result!

Well not that quietly actually. I started with “and bob’s your uncle” and then given the remote location we yelled and hoorayed for a fair while before packing up and returning to North Mullaloo, mission achieved.

On our way back Bodan confided to me that he had pretty much given up hope of ever seeing his wedding ring again so it was extra special after all the up’s and downs of this search to reunite him with it and to see firsthand what it really meant to him to have it back.

All the best Bodan and cheers..

 

9hr Search For 10th Century Viking Ring, Lost While Kitesurfing! Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Standing in of all places ‘The Prospectors Patch’ metal detecting supplies store I was called by Curt to ask if I could find his 10th century viking wedding ring, which he’d become separated from during a kitesurfing whoopsee in the Swan River at Applecross. I organised to meet Curt at the loss site when he’d finished work.

After meeting Curt and hearing the loss story in full detail, I asked him to take a milk bottle float and a weight out and put it where he believed he’d lost his ring. My  initial thoughts were “mmm in our first conversation on the phone you’d said you were about 25m out, that floats about 40m out, oooohkeydokey.”

Map of the search areas

I took some warratahs (marker poles) out to the chest deep area and formed a search grid around the float about 20m squared and began to search the area, by the time I completed it the conditions had changed and meant I could not be 100% confident I had not missed anywhere in it. More on that later.

It was now nearing dark and was none too comfortable by this stage so I called it a day and agreed to resume the search in a few days time when the weather had improved.

Three days later the weather was looking great for resuming the search for Curt’s ring.  I began by extended the search area to the north where amongst various other junk I did find a ring , though it was not Curt’s but a tarnished old silver wedding band. I then ‘detected’ to the west and south along the back edge of the first two search areas, zip. My feeling about the quality of my detecting in the first search area was nagging me so although it would take another hour I searched it again, recovering only two items I had missed the first time and still no ring. At least I could definately eliminate the area as not holding any gold! It was also comforting to know that despite my feeling I had covered the area very well misssing only two targets in 20 square meters whilst being bullied around by the weather.

Various items found during the serach!

Curt’s 10th Centuary Viking Snake Ring!

“just find the bloody thing would ya”

I spoke with Curt afterwards and he felt I should now try further south, and added that he’d been having trouble sleeping going over events and could I “just find the bloody thing would ya”. The next day I did search to the south and still no ring.

I thought my way through the puzzle again from start to finish and remembered my feeling that perhaps Curt had not been as far out as he remembered and that the ring was closer to shore. I tried detecting another 1m slice along the front edge of the searched areas and a few sweeps of the coil after turning at the end of this I heard a lovely full tone in my ears which could easily be a gold ring! Sometimes you think mmm that could be a gold ring and sometimes you just know. Now was one of the latter and all of a sudden my heart was racing.

Pulling seagrass and gooey debri from my scoop I suddenly saw a flash of gold amongst the weed. When I turned the ring over I could see the snakes diamond eye and after 9 hours spread over 3 days of searching knew I’d finally found “the bloody thing”. When I’d washed it off I could see the diamond eyed snake Curt had described to me and yelled a big yehaa and felt the weight of frustration that had been steadily building, disolve in the water around me. Sweet Success! Now to tell Curt..

As you can see Curt was pretty darn chuffed to get his ring back and I can tell you I was pretty chuffed as well. It’s always nice to find rings fairly easily but there is a special warmth I get when I can return a ring that doesn’t want it that way!

All the best Curt and please, leave “the bloody thing” at home when kitesurfing!