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2 Rings Lost in the Sand, Found and Returned on Ocean Isle Beach, NC

  • from North Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)

I saw a post on one of the Face Book pages I’m a member of saying, “Does anyone have a metal detector I could borrow tomorrow morning? We’re staying on the west side and have lost a ring in the sand…” I responded saying “If I can help, call me.” I also attached the link to my blog on TheRingFinders.com web site. Within a few minutes, I received a text from Morgan asking what my rates were and whether I was available the next morning. I told her that I do this on a gratuity or reward basis and I’m available at any time. We agreed that I’d meet her between 8-8:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Sept 7th.

When I arrived I met Morgan in the driveway of their rental and she explained what happened on our way out to the beach. She said that she had put 3 rings in the cup holder of one of the beach chairs. Later that day, as they were going in for the day, her sister picked up the chairs and the rings went flying. With a family search, 1 of the rings was found lying on top of the sand; the other 2 had disappeared and were buried. Morgan’s mother had joined us on the beach and pointed out the suspected 15-20 foot square area. After a few grid lines, I hit dual signals which meant both rings were in the same spot, inches apart. I took a scoop of sand and dumped it out on the beach. When I did, I saw Morgan’s Silver and Gold ring packed in the sand. This one had sentimental value, as it was a college graduation present. I reached down and picked it up, cleaned out the sand, then held it up for Morgan to see. She came running over, very excited, with a huge smile on her face. I handed her the 1st ring and now to find the 2nd one. I turned back around to the sand pile and Bingo; there it was sticking out of the sand. Both rings are back where they belong with another chapter to add to their stories.

Morgan, Thank you for trusting me to help you find your lost treasures. Best of luck to you in your life’s adventures and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Jim

      

Lost Claddagh Ring Found Ocean City NJ by Ring Finders South Jersey

  • from North Wildwood (New Jersey, United States)

I received a message from Nicole on Saturday afternoon via the Facebook messenger app on my page – Ring Finders South Jersey. When I spoke to Nicole she said she realized she lost her Archbishop Prendergast class ring and her Claddagh while on the beach the day before in Ocean City, NJ. She thought the rings may have missed her bag when she put them away. Since she went home the night before, she gave me gave me a marker on the beach to put me in the general location where she was sitting. I waited until some of the beachgoers left before I started my search. I heard a signal and out popped the Claddagh ring! Being in the right area, I figured the class ring was nearby. Well as it turns out, that ring wasn’t lost on the beach at all…it was found in the trunk of the car the next day! Great ending to a Saturday night!

Man’s 14K White Gold w/Diamonds Wedding Band Lost in the Ocean, Found and Returned in Myrtle Beach, SC

  • from North Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)

I received a text from Brian on Thursday, July 15th, saying “I lost a men’s wedding band, white gold with 6 diamonds, in the ocean behind Anderson Ocean Club. Can you help?” I replied asking him to call me. This hotel was in Myrtle Beach, which is Matt Fry’s area. Matt had just called me within the last hour saying he was going out of town for the weekend. Matt also said that if I got any calls for Myrtle Beach to go ahead and take them, and if he got calls he’d pass them to me. I planned on getting Brian’s information and then calling Matt to see if he wanted the call before he left town. When Brian and I talked I got additional details. He lost his ring the day before, right at high tide, in waist deep water. He also knew the area he had lost it. I tried calling Matt a couple of times without success so decided to take this search. Looking at the tide tables, it was right at low tide. I called Brian back and asked him if he could meet me in about 30 minutes to show me the area, he agreed. As I tell my wife I’m heading out for a ring search, I get the look (all husbands know the look!!) as she says “Now? Dinner’s ready!!” I told her its low tide and I’ll heat dinner up in the micro-wave when I get home. I must say though, she’s a real trooper. Never complains about the crazy hours I have for ring searches.

I met Brian on the beach behind the resort and he showed me the exact location of where he lost his ring. I’m thinking this should be pretty easy. He lost the ring waist deep at high tide, and it’s now low tide. Logically, the ring should be right there on the down slope to the low tide line. One thing I’ve learned doing ring searches, logic and Mother Nature do not work well together. When Mother Nature throws in the wind, the waves, and the sand movement she’s in full control of the situation and anything lost in the ocean. I started a grid search parallel to the beach working the slope out to the low tide line. At some point, I told Brian that he didn’t need to stick around, if he wanted to go back up to his room or take the family to get something to eat I’d call him if something came up. I searched for over two and an half hours, using 2 different detectors, without finding Brian’s ring. I called Brian and told him I was done for the night and would be back in the morning, Friday. I could hear the distress in Brian’s voice, which made it harder for me to stop searching.

Friday, I’m trying to come up with another game plan for Brian’s ring, when I get another ring search. Ironically, this call was at the same resort but on the north side. I asked this owner to meet me at 3 p.m. since he had other business to attend to. So, now I had two ring searches in the same area about 100 yards apart. I didn’t feel I could do both searches, giving a 100%, by myself. I called Jim Brouwer and told him the situation; he agreed to help but would be about an hour late. When I got to the beach to do the searches, Mother Nature was up to her antics again. Strong winds with big waves that were crashing up on the beach. There was no way I could do a search until the conditions calmed down. Over an hour later, things calmed down some and Jim had shown up. I asked Jim to search for Brian’s ring while I searched for the 2nd ring. I asked Jim to search for Brian’s ring because sometimes a different detector, with a different technique, and different ears makes a difference. After finding the 2nd ring, I joined Jim to look for Brian’s. After 3 hours, we still didn’t have Brian’s ring. Again I called Brian with the bad news.

I couldn’t make it on Saturday, but Sunday I got out early in the morning, an hour before low tide, determined to find Brian’s ring. I started a perpendicular grid search at one of Brian’s landmarks that he had pointed out to me on Thursday. My plan was to search from the top of the slope out to knee deep water across the beach to Brian’s second landmark. I was half way through the area and out in the   ocean about shin deep, when I got a great signal on the White’s PI. One scoop and I had the target out of the hole. I spread the sand out with my foot and saw a monster of a ring. Bingo, with the description Brian had given me on Thursday, there was no doubt I had Brian’s ring in my hand. It was still early in the morning, but I took a picture of the ring and sent it to Brian, and followed it up with a phone call. No answer! Called a couple more times with no answer, must have been too early. I was hoping that Brian and his family were still in Myrtle Beach and not on their way home to Michigan so I could hand him his ring. Brian finally answered the text with “Wow.” I called him, and although he had just been woken up with a ringing phone, he was very excited. Unfortunately, they left Saturday and were about half way home. I got his address and his ring will be on its way home tomorrow. There’s no way to describe the feeling of finding something for someone who had probably given up all hope of ever seeing their treasure again.

There was one more hiccup getting his ring back. Brian had asked me to UPS overnight air it back to him. Unfortunately, there was a “mechanical breakdown” with either a plane or truck along the route. So, Brian had to wait one more agonizing day before his ring was back home and on his finger where it belongs.

Brian – Thank you for trusting me to help find your lost treasure.

Jim

Man’s Palladium Wedding Band Lost, Found and Returned Myrtle Beach SC,

  • from North Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)

I got a text message a little after 11 a.m. on Friday, July 16th, from Mike saying “Hi Jim, Mike here. I just lost my wedding band at Myrtle Beach near 26th Ave North, by the Anderson Oceans Club and Spa. It’s a size 11 palladium band. I lost it in the water about 30 minutes ago. Any chance you can help?” I called him to get some more details, like how deep he was in the water, and whether he could meet me to show me the area. We agreed to meet on the beach at 3 p.m. He and his wife were in town from Maryland on a short trip, so he was limited on time. He lost his ring about an hour before high tide and low tide wasn’t going to be until a little after 7 p.m. I had a second lost ring at the same location, about 100 yards apart that I had gotten the day before. I was hoping I could find this ring and then re-search the other area for the second ring. Then I got to thinking, maybe Jim Brouwer would like to help. That way I could search for this ring and have Jim cover the area for the second one. When I talked to Jim, he jumped at the chance but couldn’t be there until a little later.

I got to the beach on time and met Mike. He showed me the area, confirming that his wife had marked the area when he lost his ring. Unfortunately, the wind had picked up which caused large waves coming straight into the beach. There was no way I could walk into the surf let alone try and detect. I sat there for at least an hour watching the waves crash onto the beach while waiting for Jim. After a while the conditions calmed down enough that I could detect. I gave Jim a description of the other ring and showed him the area. We both went to work trying to find these rings. With the information I got from Mike, I really expected to find his ring on the slope. After 2 hours of searching the slope and going out knee deep in the ocean, I hit a good target. I was using my White’s PI detector, so every signal sounds really good. I was expecting to dig up another bottle cap, which is about the only thing I was finding. I had the target in my scoop and shook the sand and shells out of my scoop and saw his palladium ring. I took a picture and sent it saying Bingo! He showed up about 45 minutes later with a big smile on his face knowing his ring was going back on his finger where it belonged.

Mike – Thanks for trusting me to help find your lost treasure.

Jim

Lost Diamond Ring, Kits Beach Dog Park…Found!

  • from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)

Chris Turner- Ring Recovery Specialist…Lost your ring?… Metal Detecting Service/Call ASAP  Anytime   778-838-3463

I got a call last night from a young man who said his wife had lost her wedding band possibly at Kits Beach Dog Park. I asked my standard questions to see how certain they were of the location and after talking for a few minutes we set up a time to meet the next morning at 8 AM, when I got there the tide was high and very close to the logs. When I met Dave and Stephanie they showed me the area that she was petting dogs and it was the front logs closest to the water, unfortunately she also pointed in the water saying she had stepped away from the log and was standing over there when the tide was out. This would put me in about 3 feet of water if the ring wasn’t found in the dry sand. Nothing like a cold dip in the ocean but I was prepared to go in and do a search if needed, fortunately I found her beautiful ring close to the logs where she was sitting petting the dogs. This ring meant the world to Dave & his wife because it was a gift from his uncle, Dave’s uncle sadly passed away last year due to  COVID-19 and as you could imagine finding this ring was extremely important to both of them. I absolutely love what I do! I’m extremely proud of my directory and the members who have joined to do exactly what I’m doing here in Vancouver and that’s helping find peoples lost smiles & helping continue the stories to these wonderful and sentimental items.

 

I have the best job in the world I get to find peoples lost Smiles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Turner- Ring Recovery Specialist…Lost your ring?… Metal Detecting Service/Call ASAP  Anytime   778-838-3463

 

Watch the video of the recovery below…

 

 

Ring Lost While Paddleboarding, Found by SCUBA Diver in James River, Richmond, Virginia

  • from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)

Rob Ellis: Underwater Ring Recovery Specialist. Call or text 703-598-1435

June 7th, 2020 James River, Midlothian (Richmond), Virginia

Jake was paddle boarding off of his neighborhood dock when his gold wedding band slipped off. He called me and we set a date to search. My wife, son, and I met Jake and he took us to the dock. As you can see from the photos, it was a beautiful day for a search.

Trail to Dock

Beautiful Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The depth was about 10 feet with visibility from zero to five feet. After discussing the variables with my shore crew, I decided to use a circle search reel of my own design. There were some sunken logs and debris entangled with fishing line and hooks. This complicated the search. After about 45 minutes, I got a signal on my safety line to surface from my dive master. After some more discussions with Jake, she recommended I shift my search area about 40 feet upriver. It’s a good thing since that is where I found the ring!

 

Flag to Keep Boats Away

Entry/Exit Area

Underwater View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncovering 1

Uncovering 2

Uncovered!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jake SMILE!

James River Ring

Some of the trash found & removed.

 

 

Lost Wedding Ring Found Dumfries, Virginia

  • from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)

May 16th, 2020.

Nikki and her husband David were enjoying their lovely backyard with the family. While David was playing with one of the children, his ring flew off and bounced off the patio and into the wet grass. After they searched unsuccessfully, they called me. I searched about 45 minutes before finding the ring embedded in the mud under the wet grass. So happy to have met patriots like Nikki & David. A portion of their reward has gone to Fisher House.

Ring in the Grass

Recovered!

Nikki Smile!

Loss pendant in yard Canandaigua New York – Found

  • from Syracuse (New York, United States)

I received a 911 call from wonderful lady, whose name is Jo Anna.  It seems like she was walking her dog in her back yard earlier this week and using a “chucker” to throw a ball for the dog to chase and return to her.  Jo Anna had on a chain with a sterling silver pendant that has a clip that allows for easy changing between different pendants and different chains.

Jo Anna and her dog were having a wonderful time, the dog chasing the ball and returning that ball to Jo Anna where she would bend over, pick up the ball and chuck it again.  Everything was fine until Jo Anna got back into the house and started to get ready for work, Then is when she discovered that the pendant was not on the chain anymore.  We all can imagine the panic that sets in at a time like this, as we all have ourselves experienced a similar experience.  Panic and sense of loss.

Jo Anna tried to recover the pendant herself as she rented a metal detector from a local dealer, read the booklet that comes with the machine and started searching her back yard.  Although a salesman for a detector would not tell you, it’s just not that easy.  The machine has to be set up right for the metal content that is present in all soil, and that content changes as you work any area which requires more adjustment. Also, metal detectors speak in sounds (tones) that are different for all the different metals.  I call these tones “metal detector speech”.  Now we speak English but the metal detector speaks in those tones.  We can’t teach the machine to speak English, so we must learn what the detector is saying.  In other words, we must learn metal detector speech. That takes years to refine.  Jo Anna worked her yard with her rental machine, became discouraged, returned the machine and looked up  www.theringfinders.com  and gave me a call.

When she called we set up a time to meet and search.  I arrived, questioned Jo Anna as to what she was doing, where she had walked that dog and where she believed the pendant would be.  I set up my grid and started searching.  As the pendent was lost only a few days ago, it would not be buried into the lawn, so I could ignore all the signals that were deep and not silver, and there were lots of those signals.  It did not take long and I got a nice “hit” close to the surface and silver.  Although I took out my pin-pointer to find it in the grass, I noticed the glint of the silver before I had to use the pin-pointer.   There It was !!!, now it’s time to give the pendant back to the lady that makes it look beautiful.

I filmed the search and the recovery.  It’s a short (5 minute) video, so if you are interested click on the like below and enjoy.

Thank you for watching, I enjoy my job.

Wedding ring lost in yard – Found, Cicero New York

  • from Syracuse (New York, United States)

I received a 911 call from wonderful lady, whose name is Jessica.  What happened was her 3 year old daughter got into Jessica’s jewelry box to play with the rings and things. Then the daughter went out into the back yard with the box and proceeded to lose Jessica’s engagement ring and wedding band.  When Jessica found out what happened, of course she had a sense of panic and loss.  Although upset, she forgave her daughter and searched the yard.  She was able to find the engagement ring but not the wedding band.  Her husband borrowed a metal detector from a family member and searched the yard but only found out the there is LOTS of metal buried in every yard.  That’s when Jessica went on-line and found “The Ring Finders” website.  (www.theringfinders.com)

While we talked, trying to set up a time to search, we discovered that we both available that evening. Jessica only lives some 5 minutes away, and we had about 2 hours of daylight left so I decided to go right then and do a quick search of her back yard. I arrived, questioned Jessica as to where she had found the engagement ring, and the general layout of the yard. I set up my grid and started searching.  As the ring was lost only a few days ago, it would not be buried deep into the lawn, so I could ignore all the signals that were deep and not gold, and there were lots of those signals.  I went up and down the lawn checking with my pin pointer all the signals that the big detector detected.  The first four or five came back strong but they were buried, and a ring lost just a couple of days would be lying on top of the soil, although it would be under the grass and invisible to the necked eye.  I got another signal, checked with the pin pointer, moved the grass and, there it was !!!, now it’s time to give the ring back to the Jessica.

I filmed the search and the recovery.  It’s a short (5 minute) video, so if you are interested, click on the link below and enjoy.  Jessica’s response if precious.

Ring loss at Cornell University, Ithaca New York – FOUND

  • from Syracuse (New York, United States)

This hunt turned into a 7 month saga that had consumed my thoughts at least once a day every day during that time.

Late August 2016 I received a call from Kevin who now lives in California. He is an alumnus of Cornell University in Ithaca NY.  Kevin stated that in 2006 he was at a function being held at the Cornell Recreation Park, a private park that the university has for school and alumni functions.  Kevin stated that during that outing he lost his platinum wedding band somewhere in that park. He was positive that he lost it there as he had it when he went to the park and during the day he noticed that his ring was gone.

He had just found “theringfinders.com” web site, saw that I was the closest to the park and asked if I would be so kind as to look for his ring. Off course I would, so I obtained the important information about the ring, where did he think he lost it etc. He was quite sure that he lost it during the “Tug of War” but they also played Frisbee, and did a lot of causal walking. So at the next possible time I went to Cornell to look for his ring.

The park is way off the road, has a gate that is locked when not in use, and is quite large for a private park. It has a big, 8’ x 40’ BBQ pit, some buildings etc.  I started looking for his ring and was digging lots of aluminum foil (from the BBQ) and the usual pull tabs and junk, but after 5 hours of hunting I had not found his ring.  I had only covered about half of the park and had not gotten to some of the places he played Frisbee or anywhere near the area where he had done some causal walking.  Some 10 days later I returned to the park to finish the hunt, but with the same results after 6 hours of hunting.  No sign of his ring.

I had failed. Now we all fail at times, but usually it’s at a public beach, park etc. where someone else has found the ring. It was possible that Kevin’s ring was picked up that day by another alumnus. I tried to convince myself of that and I e-mailed Kevin that I thought that was why I did not find his ring. My wife and I were heading out to Florida and the Caribbean on a cruise and would not be home until just before Christmas. It was not much of a vacation as at least once every day I was thinking about Kevin’s ring. When we returned there was snow on the ground and the ground was frozen. No more hunting until spring.

The next three months was more of the same.  Where was Kevin’s ring? Did I miss it somehow? Was the dry hard ground to blame? While I was in the Caribbean I watched people on beaches and in parks.  They do not look down while walking so I discounted the possibly that Kevin’s ring was picked up that day.  Although I’m sure some of the alumni brought lawn chairs, I watched people as they sat in the chairs and they don’t look down either. The park is locked except when there is a function so no-one else would be there searching with a metal detector.  Kevin’s ring HAD to be there.

I e-mail Kevin during March and asked if it would be OK to continue looking for his ring.  I informed him that his ring was causing me to loose sleep and I had to find it.  Of course he said yes.

April 3rd of this year the snow was gone and the ground has thawed so I took the day to look for Kevin’s ring again.  I had planned to search all week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday if needed.  I guess the metal detecting gods were smiling down of me that day as I set up my grid, did a little video, and started searching.  The FIRST hit, I got his ring. It was close to the BBQ pit in the area of the Tug of War.  I was elated and you can see my thrill by watching the video on You Tube. 

I’m still not sure way I did not get it last fall.  Did I just miss it, or was the dry ground to blame?  Who knows, I’m only very glad that I found his ring as now I’m sleeping at night.

So I shipped Kevin’s ring to him and its back on his finger where it belongs.  Mission accomplished.