Wedding Ring Lost at Playa Del Rey Beach, CA... Found.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)


Robert called me today to see if I could help him find his ring that he had lost yesterday. He and his wife had been entertaining friends from the UK, and decided that because it was such a nice California Christmas day, that they should go to the beach. After spending some time there, Robert was shaking sand off of one of the towels when his ring went flying off of his hand and into the sand that surrounded him. He had previously dislocated his finger, which caused his knuckle to be smaller than it was when his ring was originally fitted, so off it went. I then asked him if the beach groomers had been through there since yesterday, and he said he could tell they had, wherein my heart dropped a bit, knowing how thoroughly the county cleans this beach. I committed to do the search anyway because  circumstances don’t always favor the machine. We agreed to meet, and Robert showed me the area, the smoothness of the sand confirmed what Robert had told me. It is always good when someone knows exactly where they were when the ring was lost, it doesn’t always make it easy, but it keeps us in the area, and increases our odds of a successful search. I did a grid of the area going the way in which one would have concluded the ring would have flown when leaving his finger. After about 45 minutes, I decided to change detectors because the one I was using was having a bit of trouble with all the iron in the sand. I began a grid in the opposite direction, and after about 10 feet, got a solid sound in the headphones. In went the scoop and out came this beautiful ring; Robert’s ring. All of this is going on, and Robert is watching me, or bending over and digging in areas he thought the ring might be with his 7 week old baby strapped to his chest. The baby was a great searching companion, who slept the whole time. It was great to be able to give Robert his ring back, and to see his joy back. He thought it was gone for good, but it is back where it belongs. Great day!

Robert sent me the following email to include here.

I cannot thank you enough for your efforts, kindness and positive spirit and attitude. To receive back something we felt had been lost forever was such a wonderful feeling for my wife and I.
We really appreciate your professionalism, determination and willingness to drop everything and assist us straight away in our search. We certainly have a story to remember Christmas 2014.
Thank you so much again, my wife and I are looking for a suitable reward for you and look forward to sending it to you in the next week or so.
Many, many thanks again.
If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search,  Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.


4 Replies to “Wedding Ring Lost at Playa Del Rey Beach, CA… Found.”

  1. Great work Steve. Those sand grooming machines are not 100 percent effective, thank goodness!

    1. Steve Smith says:

      Thanks Larry,

      Yes even though looking at the smoothness of the sand took away some of the hope of a successful search, I knew that Robert met me there because he still had hope, so I couldn’t let him down.

  2. Chris Turner says:

    Nice recovery, what a horrible thing to lose on Christmas day!

    1. Steve Smith says:

      Thanks Chris,

      What a fun time, to be able to restore the joy they had the day before.

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