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