Friday, David was riding with his wife Brooke down a Jacksonville, NC backroad. He went to point something out to Brooke and the motion of his left hand caused he wedding band to go flying onto the street at a high speed. They searched day and night for the ring along the roadside grass and weeds. Sunday, Brooke found out about my detecting service and sent me a message. We agreed to meet during her lunch break. A few sweeps along a very trashy road caused me to change my normal swing style and that was the ticket to locating surface and near surface targets. Eventually, I made it up to where there ring was resting. Brooke told me she was in tears thinking about the ring being lost forever.
SURF CITY, NORTH CAROLINA
Newlywed Carrie was spending the last part of a vacation with her in-laws in a Surf City beach house. She had given her rings to her new mother-in-law before swimming. The rings were placed in a rear pocket. It is believed wedding band slipped out of the pocket when a phone was pulled out for pictures. Emerald Isle Metal Detecting was called that same day. When I arrived, I was very glad they called me quickly and knew the general area the ring most likely would have been lost. My metal detector, a Minelab CTX-3030 locked in on a strong 12-12 signal display and I was able to gently raise her ring from the soft sand of the beach. Her husbands first words were “That’s amazing!”
Chase was relaxing at Topsail Beach, NC. When it was time to leave his group packed up the gear and headed back to the house. It was then he realized he had removed his rings for safe keeping. Later that day his father called Emerald Isle Metal Detecting. I was preoccupied so I messaged a nearby friend to see if he would help. Because of a Midnight tide Justin made plans for a late night hunt the very day the rings were lost. Thankfully, Chase and his father remembered the general area they had set up and this made for a much shorter search and find. After Justin found the 1st ring, he was able to locate the 2nd ring about 10 feet away.
Jason and his wife spent four hours on Emerald Isle Beach enjoying a great September day. Body surfing the ocean, throwing football and playing in the sand.
Upon returning to their car Jason noticed his wedding ring was missing. That evening, his wife called Emerald Isle Metal Detecting and arrangements were made to search the following day. I brought Justin to help search the beach. After searching for a few minutes, I decided a larger coil would be better in the wet sand so I headed to the truck. Upon my return I see Justin walking towards me and I knew it was either he had equipment problems or found the lost ring. I was very pleased he had found the ring in minutes of the beginning of his search. The wife and kids were there to accept the ring and we were very thankful and the kids were very polite from the start! If only all searches went this well!
Amanda & Chris were spending a family vacation along Salter Path’s beach. After a few hours on the beach they returned to their room to clean up. It was then Amanda discovered her wedding ring set was gone! Chris had mentioned to me that the rings were usually a snug fit and had been soldered together. The evening of the loss, Chris found my contact information and plans were made to meet the following day. After a thunderstorm, I began the search in the area of the beach they set up and worked my way toward the water. Once it was near the low tide time, I changed to a different metal detector and headed into the water. One of the first targets in the water was a stainless band ring. A couple more items were retrieved from the waist deep water before I placed the detector coil over Amanda’s rings. To my surprise, they were laying on top of the sand & shells I pulled up in the scoop. Chris mentioned I had saved their vacation as Amanda was very upset because the rings were lost.
Anna’s family were spending a traditional vacation at Emerald Isle, NC. Today, Anna allowed a 4 year old family member to wear her ring while they both relaxed in the sand. An insect startled the young girl and Anna’s ring with flying and burying itself in the soft sand. I was called by Anna’s mother and agreed to meet them on the beach as soon as possible. The family was very careful to mark off the area and try not to disturb the location if possible. It was a matter of seconds until I was able to get the solid reading on my Minelab CTX-3030 metal detector. The crowded beach erupted with cheers as I handed Anna her ring.
Bailey was spending a fun evening on Kure Beach with her family. Bailey is also planning a September wedding. She was asked to perform a cartwheel in the sand. Before the attempt, she gave her engagement ring to her younger sister for safe keeping. During the excitement and festivities, the ring slipped off of little sister’s hand into the sand. Both sisters were very upset. The following morning I get a call from Bailey’s father. He explained what had happened and plans were made to meet just afternoon. When I pulled the first target, a red can top, Dad yelled that I had found it! I think that helped ease the stress levels. Unfortunately, my 2nd target a silver can top gave Bailey false hopes it was her ring. The 3rd target was the one we all had hope to recover! The excitement & tears made the 2 hour drive to their location all worth while!
Miranda was spending the day enjoying the North Carolina sun and removed her ring before going for a dip into the Atlantic Ocean. It wasn’t until after they had left she realized the ring was lost. When she returned to search, someone told her there was a detectorist hunting the same area she had set up earlier. After an online search she messaged me and asked if I was the one on the beach earlier that day. Neither I or some my nearby friends who detect had hunted that area. I then proceeded to Bogue Inlet Pier to conduct a night hunt. Because of a misunderstanding of location the hunt took me almost 3 hours before I found the ring! It was a huge relief for the both of us as it was very hot even at 2:00 am and I was hunting the soft dry sand. I returned the ring to her later that afternoon!
Rhonda and her friends were having a Girls Getaway week at Emerald Isle, NC. The young women were soaking their toes along the coastline and moving their chairs back with the incoming tides. Trying to be safe, the rings were placed in a zipper pouch before heading into the water. It wasn’t long after that the pouch had a hole in the bottom and the rings slipped away into the surf. Ashlee, a friend in the group, found my metal detecting service and gave me a call. After I heard the description, and knew the tide was now receding, I decided to give it a try. Upon arrival, the beach had a steep slope leading down into some powerful waves. I did my best to cover the area and was tossed off balance more than once. After not finding the rings, I told the party I will return about 1 hour before low tide and try again. Trying once again at this time period was very beneficial. With some directional help from the girls, I walked straight down towards the waterline and found both rings in the wet sand and within 5 minutes of each other! I know more than one of them thought the rings were gone forever!
This job has a very unique way of turning frowns upside down! A true memory all girls will now have to share in a joyful way!
Joe was spending a relaxing day at the beach and decided to go for a swim. Regularly, Joe removes his wedding ring and necklace and then places the ring on the necklace. His wife agreed to hold both. After placing the necklace over her head she noticed the ring was missing. The ring had buried itself next to their Sun umbrella and after we remove the metal objects in the area, I found Jose ring before he could put the umbrella down.
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