The successful ring recovery as told by Craig and Michelle:
“We were relaxing at Fort Myers Beach ( FMB ) with the kids. I removed my ring and had put it in my pants pocket. After a few hours and a volleyball game, it was time to leave the beach . . . putting the jeans back on and checking the pocket . . . NO RING!
Craig and Stephanie from The Ring Finders met us within an hour in the dark and immediately began the search with their metal detectors. Within 15 minutes the ring was found buried in the sand!
We are very impressed with Craig and Stephanie! Good – honest people still exist! Thanks again!”
Thank you Craig and Michelle for contacting us through theringfinders website for our metal detecting service. We are so pleased we were able to return your beautiful ring!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Laura Citron, a genuinely sweet gal from Atlanta GA was enjoying a charity auction outing with a former college roommate at South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, FL. They were enjoying the unseasonably warm gulf waters when her cherished gold, platinum and diamond ring suddenly slipped off her finger in waist deep water. Helpful resorters and three eager lads frantically searched for the ring for some time–all to no avail. The sentimental and material loss, along with not knowing how her husband would react, for the moment, seemed more than she could bear. She had also dropped her “scheduled insurance endorsement” for the ring on her homeowners policy two years previously.
Theringfinders.com now springs into action. A helpful captain of a cruise boat found our website and gave Laura my phone number. She gave me a call, but unfortunately my wife and I were unavailable for an immediate response for her desperate call for help. Due to the late hour of the day, I then decided to call my in laws whom we live with and are associate ring finder hobbiests with my wife and I. I passed on Laura’s contact information to them. My in laws had friends visiting from Indiana and the four of them met Laura the next day at South Seas Island Resort to search for the ring.
Laura and her friend seemed to have a fairly accurate description as to where the ring was lost. After 90 minutes of searching, the prospects of a successful recovery were starting to look grim having already searched over 200 feet of beach front in shoulder deep water. However, after expanding the search another 20 foot northward in chest deep water, the Minelab Excaliber II gave that familiar sound every ring finder loves to hear! Bingo–another successful recovery.
By this time there was quite a little gathering of hopeful enthusiasts including some resort staff, awaiting the outcome of this intense search. Needless to say, the reuniting of this ring with its rightful owner, brought tears, cheers, high fives and finally, a night of restful sleep. Within minutes, this happy reunion via Facebook was announced to the world. Although some in the crowd called this find “a miracle” it was actually the result of persistent grid searching in combination of having the right equipment for the task.
When Mike Ruelf set his 22k gold wedding band down on his dock on Wednesday night, the story begins. After hearing a plop, he realized his band was now at the bottom of the lake. What to do…..what to do. Surely his wife of eight months would understand……right??? He could call the jeweler and get another ring…….plead ignorance. At least his wife was up in Virginia and not in the house. A quick internet search for metal detectors for rental was commenced, but somehow the world wide web led Mike to the ring Finders web site. Suncoast Resaerch and Recovery Club president Tom Jones took the call and immediately contacted Mark Prue in North Tampa. Mark only lives about three miles from Mike and arranged to meet him Thursday afternoon. After introductions, Mark donned his water gear and slogged his way beneath the dock. Hampered by 8 to 10 inches of muck and weeds, up came a nail…another nail….a quarter…..a fourth nail…and finally…..BINGO!! Mike let off an unrestrained “YYYEEEESSSSS” and high fives were shared all around. Mike’s final words before Mark departed after a large helping of “thank-yous” was “I can’t believe there are people who actually do this!” At least the story has a happy ending and Mike avoids the doghouse!
Lovely Dorthea (pictured below) called this morning requesting my detecting services after having lost her emerald/diamond/gold ring off of her finger as she was cleaning the railing of her tenth floor condo balcony. The ring had flew off her finger and fallen 10 stories below into the thick/dense grass.
After being unable to locate the ring herself, Dorthea called for help. Within 30 minutes of detecting, the dropped ring was recovered!