Wanda Jewers, Author at The Ring Finders

Platinum and Gold Ring recovery Mudsliding in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia

from Amherst (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Contact: 1-902-885-5593

I just got back from vacation when I got an email and a voice mail from Ian. He and his beautiful wife were visiting Nova Scotia and on a Tidal bore rafting tour which included some mudsliding fun in a small inlet on the river. When he went to wash some of the mud from himself, he felt his ring slip off his finger and disappear into the muddy water.

I’ve not had any prior experience in searching for lost items in the Bay of Fundy because there is so much mud and the tide can be brutal. It has the highest tides in the world. It takes around 6 hours for the tide to change and averages around 50 feet in height. You can imagine anything that drops, would be gone in seconds.

I did a quick check of the tide chart, the tide was at it’s lowest on the day Ian’s ring fell into the mud. I knew if I didn’t get there the next day, I would never have a chance of finding it because of the tide. So I contacted Ian by phone and we made a plan to meet the next day.

We met up and went right to searching. I decided to wear my booties and wondered if the mud might suck them right off my feet. It was so slippery trying to get down to the waters edge. The tide was still up quite high ( because I’m an early bird and like to get in every second of searching) The water wasn’t so cold at first, so neck deep we were, pushing against the outgoing tide wasn’t easy. Nothing and more nothing, I thought the mission was lost after the first hour of not a signal, but determined to search until the tide went out and was on its way back in. It was getting cold, goosebumps and shivers were catching up to me when I heard the faintest sound. I went over it a few times and thought na, it sounded good but then it was acting a little like iron. I told myself, well it was the only thing I heard all day, we were going to dig it up. I did some scooping and Ian did some scooping, it just didn’t want to be found, about 20 scoops in, Ian shook the mud from the scoop and pulled out his ring. Talk about big smiles!

It’s always a big sigh of relief when a ring is found. This was the hardest search so far, and I learned a lot about the Bay of Fundy mud. It goes to show, that there is still always a chance of getting lucky.

St Francis Xavier University ring found on Prince Edward Island Beach

from Amherst (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Contact: 1-902-885-5593

July 11th 2018, Will sent me an email, saying that he found my name from The Ring Finders Webpage.  Will was visiting his girlfriend Carrie in PEI and having a swim a Thunder Cove Beach when they saw his X-ring slip from his finger into the ocean. It was mid tide and the water was 3 foot deep or more. They made a visual placemark from a cabin on the shore and searched for the ring themselves.

Carrie and her family searched the next couple of days with rakes and snorkels with no luck.

I did  quick check of the tides and we were in luck in the next few days the tide would be lower, but at the same time Tropical Storm Chris was about to pass Nova Scotia. We were  sure how bad the weather would get, lucky for us it turned out to be a beautiful day on the beach. The storm passed well out in the ocean and didn’t affect the water at all.  The odds didn’t look great, as that side of the island has such deep sand.

Kevin and I met Carrie at the beach on the 14th, we took the extra detector with us, so she could help us search. Nothing and more nothing for quite a while, then Carrie found a signal, but with no scoop, I went over to see what it was….Iron.  I dug it up anyway seeing as there was no other targets in the water, it was the tiniest sliver of a nail.  Kevin found another nail and about an hour and a half later, Carrie waved me over saying she heard another signal. I checked it out and it was the loveliest sound you would want to hear. One scoop and a shake of the sand to make it reveal the shiny gold X-ring.

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Carrie called Will on the phone to give him the news, you can always tell when someone is overjoyed, you can hear the emotion and it gives you the best feeling in the world.

 

 

 

Gold X Ring found on Arisaig Beach, Nova Scotia

from Amherst (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Contact: 1-902-885-5593

Got an email to find an St Francis Xavier University Ring at Arisaig Beach, Nova Scotia. Lornes son lost his ring at the beach, he tried to find it using a rake and enquiring about rental metal detectors. So we set out on a trip from Amherst with our new adventure dog Finnegan, arriving 2 hours later, it took us 15 min in waist deep water until Kevin pulled it out of the sand, around 10 inches deep using his Minelab ctx3030. Happy Day and fastest recovery yet! We spent another hour searching for pennies and only found bits of aluminum cans.

 

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Gold wedding ring found in Nova Scotia lake

from Amherst (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Contact: 1-902-885-5593

I got a call, asking to help find a ring that had been lost in a lake, after a canoe was tipped over. It was not in a deep area and the lake had gone down from the summer sun. Kevin and I arrived to see the lake and found out, it was out by an island. I thought hmm this was not going to be an easy search. We climbed into  a canoe and paddled out to the island to the area where he thought it should be.   I hit my first target and began to scoop and dig, the lake was rocks and mud, so muddy that I couldn’t see my detector. I kept telling myself this target was the ring. After 30 min of digging and moving rocks, Kevin managed to reach down and feel it with his fingers.

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This was a fun adventure, in the rain, a canoe, ducks, and a beautiful lake. But there was nothing better than seeing happy faces when the ring was returned.

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