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Ring lost swimming at Taupo Bay. Found!

  • from Paihia (New Zealand)

I occasionally get calls from people that I have previously recovered lost rings for, usually along the lines of, “I’ve done it again…”, or, “A friend/neighbour has lost their…”
Krista phoned me to say that a guest had been swimming at Taupo Bay and had lost his Gucci ring in almost exactly the same spot that I had recovered her own treasured heirloom ring at the start of this year.

It was late afternoon and the light would soon be fading, however the tide was falling so I had to try and catch the first low tide that night.
I arrived at Taupo Bay and was relieved to see that this popular surf beach had virtually no break today – I knew the area of loss would be exposed at low tide, however that wouldn’t be until about 10pm so I waded out and made a start.
The water hadn’t warmed to summer temperatures yet, but was definitely warm enough that the wetsuit wasn’t needed. A very strong cross current was feeding a rip nearby and sand was being visibly moved along the beach and at times sucked from under my feet. One of the reasons that water recoveries have to be carried out as soon as possible.

As I worked the search patterns Hayden, the `lossee`, and Krista settled in to watch the worlds most boring spectator sport.
The high probability area yielded nothing and as both tide and night fell, I started to expand the search out to 20m…30m… back across the area they had been swimming.
Several hours and multiple overlapping grid patterns later, I was convinced it wasn’t where it was supposed to be (they almost never are).
The others had long since left me to it so I texted to advise a no-find… So far.

On the drive home, I replayed the search over and over in my mind. Re-analysing the circumstances of loss against the fact that the ring was not located despite a near 100% probability of detection over the entire swimming area.
Hayden said he had been sweeping his hand through the water, and he had felt it come off.
The ring had to have been airborne, unseen by Hayden – hidden among the water spray/droplets.
Stated to be ‘silver’, I have found that this can mean it just looks silver and can be anything from platinum, white gold, or titanium. All with very different densities and responses. As an example, if you had two rings in your hand, white gold and titanium, and threw them, the gold would travel much, much further than the titanium due to the greater mass.

How far would a ring go? The original search area had discounted the lighter titanium.

Back on the road early next morning for the hour drive to Taupo Bay again in order to catch the next tide. When I don’t find a ring it becomes a personal challenge. It’s partially this tenacity which enables me to find rings which others have tried for and given up, or missed, due to inexperience or unsuitable detectors.

I had the luxury of daylight and a large tide window this time.

Some time was spent painstakingly eliminating several dozen unlikely but must-be-confirmed signals in amongst a buried jumble of fragments of reinforced concrete and other ‘hot’ rocks with high metal content under the sand. All metal targets were proven to be trash.
Then I moved onto a wider area search based on a couple of underarm throws of my test rings – in the opposite direction to where they had been swimming.
30 minutes later I got a very clear silver tone – The scoop went in, and from 30cm under the sand on the edge of yesterdays rip current emerged Hayden’s lost sterling silver ring.

I love sending texts that simply say, “FOUND!” – They’re usually followed immediately after by my phone ringing with an excited and unbelieving voice at the other end ūüôā

 

Ocean City NJ Lost Sentimental silver Necklace and White Gold Ring Found by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano

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I was in line at Nauti Donuts in Ocean City, NJ when I received a call from Jessica about her sentimental silver necklace with a cow charm and her white gold diamond ring. She and her boyfriend Chris were on the beach the day before and put the jewelry in the pouch of their beach chair. When they got home and unpacked, it wasn’t there. I met Chris at the entrance 10 minutes later and turned on the metal detector. Thankfully, within 20 minutes both the necklace and ring were pulled from the sand.

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Ocean City NJ Lost Wedding Band Found by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano

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Neil decided to put his wedding band in the pocket of his beach chair for safekeeping while he spent time on the beach with his wife and friends in Ocean City, NJ. After he got back to his house, he went to look for the ring but discovered a hole in the pocket instead. He gave me a call and exained the situation. The ring could have dropped in the sand by the chair or anywhere along the path they walked home. I met him where the group sat and started the search there. There were several targets, mostly Matchbox cars, that I had to weed out, and then I heard the tone from the metal detector I was expecting, the sound of the ring. Now their weekend getaway in Ocean City, NJ was able to end on a high note!

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Ventnor NJ Lost Engagement Ring Found by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano

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Nick’s fianc√©e Rachel lost her engagement ring while the couple was on the beach in Ventnor, NJ. They realized the ring was missing when they got back to the house that evening, so Nick gave me a call and I was able to meet them shortly afterward. I detected the area and was able to locate the ring.

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Wildwood Crest NJ Lost Engagement Ring Found by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano

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Elizabeth put both engagement ring and wedding band on a towel. She went to apply sunscreen on her children.
She forgot that the rings were there and went to take the towel up the rings went flying into the sand. Elizabeth and her family
searched the surrounding area for the lost rings. They were able to find the wedding band, but the engagement ring was still missing.
That’s when she reached out to me and being just a town over, I headed there and a few sweeps with the metal detector
I was able to locate the engagement ring! They were able to enjoy the rest of their week in Wildwood Crest, NJ!

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18k Gold Daivd Yurman Ring Found by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano Sea Isle City New Jersey

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Peggy was walking on the beach at dusk in Sea Isle City, NJ on Tuesday when she felt her 18k Gold David Yurman ring fly off her finger. She immediately called her daughter down to the beach to help her look for it, but it was impossible to find. They gave me a call and I met them in the area where it might have dropped. I gridded the area and had to expand the search several times to finally reach the target. I heard a solid tone and knew it had to be the ring. One scoop down the ring found!

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Stone Harbor NJ Lost Engagement Ring Found by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano

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Emory and his family were in Stone Harbor, NJ. They were sitting on the beach when Emory realized that his wife’s engagement ring was missing from the pouch that it was in for safe keeping. He searched the sand trying to find the ring but couldn’t. That’s when he reached out to me, and I was on my way over shortly after. When speaking with Emory before the search he thought it might have fallen out when he went to get ice cream. The search started where they were sitting. The engagement ring was next to his chair about 5 inches deep in the sand. Emory and his wife were so relieved that the ring was found. The vacation in Stone Harbor, New Jersey could continue!

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Lost Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Found Margate NJ by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano

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I received a call to find a engagement ring and wedding band that were lost in the sand in Margate, NJ. I met the couple on the beach and the rings were found with a few swings of the metal detector.

Lost Gold Virginia Military Institute Class Ring Found Brigantine, NJ by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano

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Jack lost his Virginia Military Institute class ring while he and his family were in Brigantine, NJ for a beach day. The ring flew off his finger while tossing a ball back to people playing in the ocean. I started a grid search in the water and eventually worked my way toward the shore. Jack and his wife thought they might have been over to the right more, so I walked toward that direction along the shoreline. Three steps later, the sentimental ring was found!

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Lost Engagement Ring and 3 Wedding Bands Found Sea Isle City, New Jersey by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano OVER 200 SUCCESSFUL ITEMS RECOVERED!!!

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Matt and Alicia enjoyed a day on the beach with their sons in Sea Isle City, NJ on Wednesday. They arrived around 3 PM and set their chairs up near the water’s edge. Before applying sunscreen to herself and her sons, Alicia took her 4 rings off and layed them on her chair. As the tide came in, the chairs had to be moved back a few times. They packed up around 7 PM and returned to their house. Approximately an hour later, Alicia realized her wedding rings were missing. Matt gave me a call and we planned to meet at low tide. I gridded the wet sand and did not get any signals, so I expanded the search up to the dry sand. After gridding the dry sand for some time, I finally got a signal and dug up one of the 3 bands. The next signal was another band, followed by the engagement ring that is extremely sentimental because the diamond is a family heirloom. Thankfully, the last band was nearby and recovered!

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