It was about 7:30 PM this last Sunday, and I had just sat down for a late dinner when I received a call from Frederico who lost his wedding ring on the beach earlier. He wanted to know if I would be willing to come and search for it for him, maybe the next morning. I instead told him, that if he was game, I would come to the beach as soon as I finished my dinner to do the search, to which he agreed. I know that the sooner I act on a loss, the better chance of a successful recovery, so I was willing to make the drive, and do the search that evening. He and his family were on vacation from Portugal, and would be going back in about 5 days; it was important to get this ring back to him.
I got to the beach about 9:00 PM, and we met where we would hike down to the spot. When we got there, I turned on my headlight, blending with the light of Frederico’s IPhone, I could see defined grid marks in the damp sand over a wide area. I could tell they spent some time looking for the ring. He told me he had put it into his pants pocket so he could go into the water without losing it, but when he was going to leave the beach, forgot, and turned his pants upside down to shake the sand out of them. It wasn’t long after, that he realized what he had done.
I began my search, and I figured that because the sand was damp, the ring was not going to very deep. It wasn’t long before I got a good tone in the earphones and scooped out a bunch of sand; nothing in the scoop. I checked again and scooped; nothing. I checked again and scooped, and out came Frederico’s ring. That ring was down over 8″ in the damp sand, which told me they had searched with extreme vigor to make that ring sink so far in just a short time. He was so glad to have his ring back, and told me that it surprised him that I would come out to help him late on a Sunday night, but like all the Ring Finders I have met, we know that time is a very strong determining factor in a successful recovery, so the sooner you get to it the better. I was glad to have been a good ambassador for the Ring Finders, and my country to some very friendly vacationers from Portugal.
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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