Hi all! I have just made another successful ring recovery from the ocean, at Rottnest Island.
Unfortunately I can not disclose the exact location at this stage as the custom made platinum and diamond wedding band which the engagement ring fits inside has not yet been recovered and requires a further search using scuba diving equipment.
Conditions on the island were a long way from ideal with the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ serving up 20-25 knot winds combined with the moon serving up mid-cycle tides. As these weather conditions did not look like being any better for over a week, I decided to attempt a recovery despite them.
Believe it or not the 3rd signal I dug was the engagement ring, yet despite an intensive search of the secluded bay, the wedding band which should have been within a short distance of its mate could not be found.
I decided to stay overnight at the location and make another attempt to locate the wedding band containing 14 smaller diamonds in the morning.
Despite digging up even the faintest of signals including tiny bits of wire and hair pins (from 10 – 12 inches down!) it could not be found after searching the area again and again for over 4 hrs!
I did hear some nicer signals against the edge of the reef but these were too deep and difficult for me to attempt to recover on this occasion and will need to be dived upon when the conditions at the site have improved. Scoops can not be used as the base of the reef where they are is full of holes and cracks.
Today the owners husband Aldi flew to Perth, from Sydney to pick up the gorgeous, Argyle Diamond engagement ring.
I intend to use a water jet to blow the sand out of these cavities and cracks on my next attempt and I may need to employ a powerful suction dredge to try to recover the metals producing these signals.
Wish me luck! I might need some on this job!