We had just gotten home about 10:00 PM from watching a great fireworks show on the Fourth of July, when I checked my messages, and saw that I had received a call from Ryan. I called back, and he told me how he was playing volleyball at the beach, and when ready to leave realized his ring was missing. This ring had a lot of sentimental value to him, because he had received it from his stepfather who had passed away. He had played both sides of the court, and also had been in an area outside the court where the loss may have occurred. Knowing the critical issue of time we arranged to meet right after we hung up. I arrived at the spot about 12:30 AM, and Ryan showed me the area. I began my search, and about 5 minutes into it I heard a thump, and then a BOOM right over my head. Someone had shot off a mortar not 60 feet from where I was searching. Not expecting that I jumped, but as soon as I realized it was some late partying I was good with the fireworks that kept coming. I searched the whole area for a little more than an hour getting a few coins , but without hearing the ring. I told Ryan I might come back and try again, but he seemed a bit resigned to fact that he might not see it again.
It wasn’t until I got home I realized why I was not able to find his ring when I read his description of the ring. Although I was using a state of the art multi-frequency VLF machine, it was not going to hit on a broken ring, if it would hear it at all. Ryan’s description said the ring had an opening, when I saw that, I knew I was going to use my PI machine and go back the next day. After I found a ring for Miguel in Santa Monica, I headed back over to Playa Del Rey to look again for Ryan’s ring. I had to wait until a group of people were finished playing on the court to start my search. It then took me about 5 minutes to find his ring. I then sent a text message with only the picture of the ring above, no words. The text I received back from him was YES!!! He was amazed that someone he did not know would go back and look for his ring. It was great to see his joy.
If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, don’t buy a metal detector or rent a metal detector, but call one of the members of this directory. Look at the different metal detecting Ring Finder blogs and read their success stories, then call them ASAP, and they will work hard for you to find what you thought might never be found again.
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