Gulf of Mexico Tag | The Ring Finders

Family Heirloom Returned at St Pete Beach, Florida

from Tampa Bay (Florida, United States)

Who would have thought that a wedding band lost in the Gulf of Mexico would ever have been found again. This is a story with a wonderful ending thanks to the wonderful guys at My husband an I were just married in April of 2014. My husband is very close to his family and especially a grandfather who has since passed away. He had his grandfather’s wedding band that had WM to BW 1946. They got married right after he got back from WWII. They were married for 46 wonderful years. We took the gold wedding ring and “soddered” it in the middle of two white gold bands from me. So there was an heirloom from his grandfather and a piece of me, we then added our own inscription to the existing inscription. CB to WS 4/2014. We had our own special love story. We dated for two years in NY and then I moved to Florida for work – Long story short, Bill stayed in NY, he was a teacher and wrestling coach and had a great teaching job in NY. We spent every holiday and vacation back and forth between Florida and New York. Bill showed up one day unbeknownst to me when I was visiting my father in Orlando to say he was here to stay, he was teaching in Tampa. We were married ocean-side in a beautiful ceremony just a few months later. I was so happy to put that ring on his finger.

So, on labor day, we spent a beautiful Monday at my favorite place, St. Pete Beach. We were in the water and all of a sudden I heard Bill say words that put my heart in my throat. “My ring just fell off in the water”. I knew too many people who have lost their rings in the water forever. We looked for hours and could not find it. Leaving the beach that night was heartbreaking. It felt like that was it, we will never see it again. We went home and got on the computer and after only one search I found the SRARC group. Stan contacted me really quickly and we made arrangements to meet in the eve. So I could show him where we were. After they asked me a whole bunch of questions which would help them ascertain where we were, they started looking even before I got there. Chris was already looking when he ran into Stan. I got a phone call later that day from Chris – he found the ring. If I could have kissed Chris on the spot I would have! I was elated!

When I went to pick the ring up, I met Chris and his wife. Two very lovely, sweet people. I did actually hug Chris. I was so happy, I was actually shaking. My husband had just started a new job and couldn’t be there to pick it up, but believe me he was more than ecstatic.

Who would have thought a ring in an ocean would ever be found and found the very next day. I am forever indebted. Not only did they find my ring, but the club does it for free. I did donate to the club itself, but nobody would take money individually. What angels you guys are!

I said a Novena to St. Anthony that day that it was lost – and he sent me you guys! Thank you

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Missing platinum wedding band found for newlyweds in Gulf near Sanibel Island, FL

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

December 8, 2012

While shelling in the cool and refreshing waters of the Gulf of Mexico off of Sanibel, this newly married couple realized that the husband’s platinum wedding band had gone missing. The couple was extremely distraught as the band holds much sentimental value to them.

After searching extensively on their own, the couple gave me a call the next morning.  Within a few hours of the call, my wife and I were each in the water detecting.  Another few hours had passed with no success of finding the missing ring–we were all very discouraged.  After consulting with the couple again as to the exact area where they thought the ring went missing, my wife and I decided to split up again and return to the water to search.


After several minutes–SUCCESS!   The ring was found a few yards outside the search area.  My wife and I reunited the couple with the ring.  Hugs, tears and many thank you’s were exchanged and the couple can now rest easy knowing the missing ring is back on the husband’s finger where it belongs.


Brain Surgeon Buries Engagement Ring

from Naples (Florida, United States)
Contact: 239-247-0760.


This is a story about a guy madly in love with the woman of his dreams!

Like any guy madly in love, all that mattered was that she said YES!

Like any guy madly in love, all that mattered was that she said YES!

And, like any guy head over heels, I’m sure Steve wanted his proposal to Mary to be as sweet and amazing as could be… one of their happiest days ever.

They’d flown in from Denver for a romantic getaway on a beautiful beach in paradise.

And, as the sun was setting over the water, he was about to ask her to be with him forever!

If all had gone as planned, having her “find” the ring in the sand, would have been a wonderful memory! But, when it came to “finding the ring”, the ring could not be found. Steve and a dozen hotel staff and beach goers searched the beach for hours, in the rain, but had no luck.

Then, Mary got online looking for someone with a metal detector and found our listing in the directory on

Since it was already getting late, as soon as I got the call, I headed right over from the job I was on… didn’t even stop to change. When I got to the beach, I had them go over things with me and got right to work. I pushed my center stake into the sandbar where they thought the ring was lost and spiraled my search pattern out from there.

Here's what it's all about! Helping them find that ring!

Here's what it's all about! Helping them find that ring!



I found the ring after about twenty minutes of searching… 20 feet away.

When I looked up at them with the I-FOUND-IT smile on my face, they ran over to where I stood with their ring in hand. After a few seconds of cheers and hugs, Steve turned to Mary, dropped down to one knee, right there in the surf, and asked her to marry him. Talk about being able to “feel the love”! It was a powerful moment that I’ll never forget.

Dr. Steve’s patients are so fortunate to have found a skilled brain surgeon that also has a heart of gold!





Video of the story that aired on ABC-7 News in Ft. Myers, Florida

from Naples (Florida, United States)
Contact: 239-247-0760.

Here’s a link to a story ABC-7’s Paul Gessler did about me finding Mya’s Daddy’s wedding ring in the Gulf of Mexico:


Daughter’s Hand Once Fit Inside Dad’s Lost Wedding Ring, Recovered From The Gulf, off Naples, Florida!

from Naples (Florida, United States)
Contact: 239-247-0760.

Newborn Daughter's Hand in Dad's Wedding Ring

Every Father’s wedding ring is special. But, when Matt Wilson called us on Valentine’s Day and sent us this photo of his newborn daughter’s hand, easily fitting inside his ring… we knew we had to find it for him!

His miracle baby daughter, Mya, now a happy, healthy young girl, was born 12 weeks early and weighed in at only 1 pound, 10.8 ounces.

Now, years later, while having a photographer shoot their first family portrait, on a beach in Naples, Florida, Matt’s ring ended up in the drink!

He searched for the ring for hours, but ended up having to fly home without it. Then, thanks to TheRingfinders website, Matt was able to find us and sent us a map of the area and the photo of the ring.

It took three trips out to the area, but I was able to find it and return it to the family.


 “I still remember the day I got the voice mail from him. I didn’t listen to the entire message, because I heard him say, ‘Hey Matt its Larry. I think I have some good news for you…’. I called him back and he read me the date off the inside of the ring. It was amazing! I had given up hope of it being found… but Larry came through for us!”  – Matt Wilson

“Beachcombing for Hope” – The Ring Finders make front page in The Naples Daily News

from Naples (Florida, United States)
Contact: 239-247-0760.


from Naples (Florida, United States)
Contact: 239-247-0760.

Here’s a link to the online version of the article:

Our Fun in the Sun is Finding Rings & Things!

from Naples (Florida, United States)
Contact: 239-247-0760.

Wintering in Southwest Florida means BEACH TIME!

And one of our all-time, favorite things to do at the beach is to help residents and visitors recover valuables they’ve lost in the sand… AND IN THE WATER!

Here’s a link to some pics Naples Daily News freelance photographer Jason Easterly caught of us combing the beach for a gentleman’s wedding ring that was lost in the surf on Marco Island.