Stephane Coutu, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost and found diamond engagement ring Cobourg beach Ontario

  • from Cobourg (Ontario, Canada)

Received a text from Kaitlin and Zach yesterday about having lost her diamond engagement ring at Cobourg beach this past Friday. After they were walking and enjoying the beach with their young child, she noticed that her ring was missing when they went back to their vehicle.  Zach even went and purchased a metal detector and detected the whole beach with no success. As it got dark, they finally had to stop looking and head back home, which is quite far from Cobourg. Luckily, she found me online. After getting as much information as possible, including a couple of Google earth pictures, I headed out to the beach. The major issue was that she could not pin point exactly where or when she lost the ring. Long story short, three hours into my gridding search, I found her beautiful ring. Ironically, it was found where Zach had already been over with his detector. In his defence, the quality of the detector he was using plus expertise in knowing what to listen for, and how to search an area, is not something that can be learned over night. It was a great pleasure to meet them and reunite them with her ring today. A very happy ending!

Lost cell phone in Bon Echo Provincial Park Ontario

  • from Cobourg (Ontario, Canada)

While on a recovery for an IPhone, I was fortunate to find a Redmi cellphone. Took the phone home and inserted the SIM card into a working cellphone and was able to get owner’s information. It turns out that she had lost her phone at a dock, in the water, over two months ago. I Mailed her the cellphone and she will be taking it to a repair shop to hopefully recover the data. She was extremely thankful and figured she’d never see the phone again.

Lost and found IPhone 10 in Trenton Ontario

  • from Cobourg (Ontario, Canada)

Received a text from Tim about two weeks ago, about how he had lost his cell phone at a local dock in Trenton Ontario. The phone was sitting on an empty baby carriage, with a water bottle, and the wind blew the carriage into the water. Now, the issue was that he since had left this location, on their boat, to Kingston and could not meet up at the dock. After exchanging information and pictures of the dock, I went for a scuba dive trying to locate his phone. Unfortunately, the bottom was extremely silty, with lots of weeds, and working again in zero visibility. Using my underwater metal detector, I was able to find (feel) a cell phone but not the right one. I went back a couple days later, this time using a strong fishing magnet but no luck. Finally, after talking with Tim again and fine tuning exactly where the phone had fell in, I went for a third time, scuba diving, and manage to find his phone. Another happy ending!


Lost and found IPhone at Bon Echo Provincial park

  • from Cobourg (Ontario, Canada)

My adventure today was to meet up with Fatih at Bon Echo Provincial park. His IPhone fell out of his pocket while at a dock across Mazinaw lake. Fortunately for him, it was only about 10’ deep, laying flat on the bottom just before a huge drop off. While looking for his phone, also found another cell phone and four old pair of sunglasses. Absolutely beautiful day for a Scuba dive although a bit chilly with air temps of 12C and water temp of 65C. Another happy ending!

Diamond wedding band found Lancaster Ontario

  • from Cobourg (Ontario, Canada)

Today’s travel took me to Lancaster Ontario, where I had the pleasure of meeting Christopher and Nicole. They had rented a beautiful property, over a week ago, for their wedding and family vacation. Unfortunately, while the whole family was swimming, Christopher felt his new Diamond gold/tantalum ring slide off his finger while playing with the kids. The good part was that he was fairly certain where about the ring fell off. The bad part, it was in in about 8 feet of water with silt and weed bottom. They contacted their local Scuba club and a diver came out, on two occasion, with an underwater metal detector but had no luck finding the ring.

This is where I come in. At first, and keep in mind that you have ZERO visibility due to murky water but especially due to the silt being disturbed, I found a few targets (beer bottle cap, fishing lure, lead weights) with the Excalibur II metal detector, then using my pin pointer (mini detector) to narrow down the exact area, you “feel” each and every targets with your finger tips, mixed in with silt and other debris, to identify those items. About forty minutes into the dive, I heard this great signal and, using the technique described above, I finally felt his beautiful ring between my fingers. Once I surfaced, I was able to visually confirm it was his ring and the rest is history. Definitely ranks up there in level of difficulty but the outcome sure was worth it. Another happy ending.




Lost IPhone 13 Max Pro found in Stoney Lake Ontario

Well, today’s journey took me to Stoney Lake in The Kawarthas Ontario. Stefan (ironic) contacted me last evening about how he had lost his brand new IPhone 13 Pro Max earlier in the day. He was out in the water, helping his spouse while she was in a kayak, when suddenly, his IPhone slipped out of his pocket. All this while in shoulder deep water with a sudden drop off to the bottom. Like most Lake in the Kawathas, once you venture out of well used areas, there was a very thick layer of vegetation (weeds), followed by a couple feet of silt. Having come well prepared, grabbed my scuba gear and under water metal detector and started gridding the weed bed. Found his phone laying deep in the weeds in about 10 feet of water. The moment I lifted the phone out of the water, the phone started beeping/vibrating as it was receiving messages from the past 24 hours. I should mention that he had his phone in a water proof container which worked perfectly. Another happy customer especially since his phone was brand new and definitely not cheap.!!!!!



Lost Diamond engagement Ring found at Presqu’île Provincial park

Was contacted by Dawn on Facebook about her loosing her diamond engagement ring at the beach in Presqu’île Provincial park. This ring was lost back on 2nd of July, over a month ago. She had taken the ring off and placed it inside a small purse for safe keeping while at the beach. During her drive back home, she reached inside her purse and noticed it was full of sand and the ring was gone. Hoping that the ring had simply fell out of her purse, we traded a few Google earth pictures and details of what had happened, due to the fact that is not local to the area and couldn’t show me exactly where they were sitting. I headed out to do what I love best, in hope that the ring was still there, if at all.  After a couple hours of gridding the beach, with very few targets, I finally got a great signal and pulled her ring out of my sand scoop. Another happy ending!!!

Diamond engagement ring found in Port Hope Ontario

I was contacted by Lisa last week due to having lost her diamond engagement ring at a beach near Port hope. She had actually placed four rings in her jean pocket and then into her beach bag. When it was time to leave, the kids had emptied the bag and Lisa flung her jean shorts over her shoulder, sending the rings flying onto the sandy beach. After searching for a while, a gentleman and his young daughter came over and asked what they were looking for. Lisa told them what had happened and then the little girl showed her a gold ring she had found earlier. It was one of the four missing rings. Remembering where she had found it, they were able to find two more rings in the sand. Unable to locate the fourth ring, her engagement ring, this is when she found me online to go and help. I met up with Lisa’s mom the very next morning at the beach to discover that the town’s beach combing machine had been through the whole beach overnight. Luckily, I was able to find her ring in less then five minutes for her. Another happy ending!!!



Diamond Engagement ring found in Central Ontario

I was contacted by a lady early last week about her soon to be daughter in law, having lost her custom made diamond engagement ring. They had been working in the backyard, cleaning up old flower beds and trimming trees, for preparations of upcoming wedding reception. She had removed her ring and placed it inside a zippered pocket, to avoid loosing her precious ring. However, she was also using the same pocket to carry fence ties in order to put up a new fence. Somehow, while in the process of reaching for the ties multiple times over the course of the afternoon, her diamond ring fell out. After looking for a couple days with friends and metal detectors with no success, I was asked to come down and try to find the ring for them. An hour or so into the search, found the ring under foliage, on the neighbour’s side of the fence, in thick vegetation. The lady was absolutely ecstatic and extremely happy the ring was found. Unfortunately, I did not get to meet the young lady and her fiancé, since they live out of town and weren’t there during the search. But did get a very appreciative phone call. Very happy to be able to reunite them with their custom ring and in time for their upcoming wedding. They respectfully requested not to use their pictures or video to protect their privacy. All ends well with another happy customer. 😊


Man wedding gold band found in the snow

  • from Cobourg (Ontario, Canada)

Had a text from Amanda about how her husband had lost his gold wedding band outside in the snow. She was extremely upset. They had tried to find it themselves with a cheap metal detector with no success. After a couple tries, the ring was found at the end of the driveway, buried in a snow drift. Another happy customer.