As Nick stood at the end of the dock looking out over the water, he realized he was getting rather warm. So he decided to take off his sweatshirt and as he pulled it over his head he felt his gold ring slip off of his finger and watched as it dropped into the water. This was a very special ring, given to him by his grandfather and he immediately felt his heart sink! What was he to do? How could he retrieve his special ring?
A couple of months passed as Nick tried to think of different ways to get his lost ring back. He finally came across theringfinders.com web site and saw that someone could help him and that I was located close by. After calling me and explaining what happened we met at the dock and Nick showed me exactly where the ring fell into the water. It was over 10 feet deep so I suited up and dove in. Right at 10 feet the bottom of the lake had a soft, silky, muddy like texture. As I reached my arm down into the soft silt and mud, my hand was not able to touch the actual bottom of the lake. I used my Garrett pro pointer to find a few targets in the mud but only came up with a handful of nails, screws and a few pieces of aluminum foil. So I figured there had to be another way to retrieve Nick’s lost ring. Two weeks later I tried out a new method for finding rings in the water. I had made up a basket and covered it with half inch hardware cloth and then fixed it to a 16 foot metal pole. My first attempt at dragging the sifter thru the mud and silt lasted 5 hours and still no ring. On Dec. 31st I searched again for only an hour and was asked to leave the dock so the city could set up for fireworks. The next day, Jan. 1st, I went back and after one and a half hours….I could hardly believe my eyes! There in the sifter was Nick’s lost gold ring! I sent Nick a photo and asked him if that was his ring? And as he showed the photo to his family, they all joyously celebrated together! It took 8 hours of hard work to find Nick’s ring and it was so very rewarding and satisfying to finally hand it over to him. Thank you Nick for calling me and for giving me the opportunity to help you recover your lost ring!
Mike McInroe—-Proud member of theringfinders.com
Christopher called and asked if I could help him find a very special ring that was lost at his high school football field. He explained in detail that a friend had asked him to hold this ring (a wide black tungsten carbide ring with the “Lord’s Prayer” written in very small print, around the outside of the ring) and not to loose it as it was a gift given as a promise ring from the friend’s parents. While Christopher was holding the ring, another friend asked to look at the ring and check it out. At first Christopher hesitated but finally gave in and let the boy look at the ring. Later Christopher asked for the ring back and it was thrown to him from a distance, instead of simply having it handed to him. As he went to catch the ring it glanced off of his hand and went rolling across the track and into a grassy area under a chain link fence. Christopher desperately tried to find the ring but as the class ended he had to go. Later he came back and looked some more and that led him to the internet. He found my number on theringfinders.com website and told me what happened.
I attained the proper permission and met Christopher later that afternoon on the football field. He showed me where he was standing and approximately where the ring went rolling. I tried using my metal detector along the fence but the wire caused allot of interference, so I opted to use my Garrett AT Pro pointer. On hands and knees I made my way along the bottom of the fence and sure enough, 10 minutes into the search I got a good signal and as I parted the grass, there was Christopher’s friends ring!
Lost a ring? Call ASAP!
Mike McInroe…proud member of theringfinders.com
The other day my good friend Chris texted me about a lost ring in a small lake in the Heathrow area. In casual conversation a neighbor mentioned to Chris that she had lost her precious silver ring while feeding bread to the fish. It happened just after Christmas and Tina could not get her mind off of loosing the very ring her brother had given her just a few years ago. After hearing her story Chris told her “I know just the guy to help you get your ring back!” So the following day—Valentines Day–I made arrangements to meet Tina and have her show me where she lost her ring. The original information I received was that the ring was lost only a few days ago so when I arrived and got set up–I concentrated my search efforts in the water from the shore out to about three feet deep. After a thorough search in the water and coming up empty handed I called Tina to come out and explain to me again what all happened the day she lost her ring. Come to find out she actually lost it a few days after Christmas, so that turned out to be 6 weeks ago and we have had very little rain and the water level had dropped a good two feet or so since then. I realized just where she would have been standing and the drop zone area would be up the bank further. And sure enough after a few sweeps of my coil over the dry ground–there was Tina’s lost ring just under a thin layer of dirt and mud! Tina could not believe I had found her lost ring and was thrilled to get it back on her finger!
So thanks Chris, for contacting me and helping bring joy and relief to Tina!
Lost something recently? Call or e-mail me ASAP!
Mike McInroe proud member of theringfinders.com
Can you imagine it’s your wedding day and everything is ready?! The chairs are all set up, the guests have arrived and the ceremony begins. It’s the perfect day to be outdoors, in the gazebo, on the lake. And partway through the ceremony the bride’s sister-in-law is holding the rings in a small box and just to make sure they are ready, she opens the box and somehow the brides ring drops to the deck and bounces off into the 9 foot deep water! Stunned and in shock, she cannot believe what just happened. After the ceremony the sister-in-law actually jumped into the cold water hoping to be able to retrieve the ring, but with all the weeds and soft muddy bottom, plus being 9 feet deep—it was hopeless!
Nichole contacted theringfinders.com and made arrangements to have someone meet her and attempt to recover her ring. Much to her dismay the first members search proved unsuccessful. And after looking further on theringfinders.com website she read some of the stories posted under my blog and decided to give me a call. I assured Nichole I would do everything possible to get her ring back. My first step was to call a good friend of mine, named Chris C.. He is a certified diver and has a passion for diving. A few days later we made plans to meet at the lake, suit up and find Nichole’s lost ring. But the cold water, the soft muddy bottom and an absolutely ton of weeds growing up through the mud made searching very difficult. It was impossible to actually swing a metal detector along the bottom so I opted to use my Garrett AT Pro Pointer to go inch by inch through the mud. (Nichole had shown me the precise area where the ring fell into the water so it was a matter of removing all the metal targets to be able to find her ring.) Every 5 inches I would get a signal–fish hooks, lures, coins, bottle caps, screws, nails and even a water logged cell phone and a small stainless ring were just some of the items retrieved in the 40 minutes under water. Then finally, in a hand full of mud, up came Nichole’s lost ring! It was hard to contain my excitement as I added some air to my BC and headed to the surface. What a thrill! I called Nichole and asked her if she was sitting down and then gave her the good news! She could hardly believe that we had actually found her ring and insisted I send her a picture just to make sure it was really her ring. Thank you so much for your generous reward and thank you Chris for the use of your equipment and for giving me a taste of what diving is all about! I plan to get certified and look forward to other underwater searches!
Lost something recently? Give me a call—ASAP!
Mike McInroe–a very proud member of theringfinders.com
We have a cabin on Webb Lake in northwestern Wisconsin. On August 3rd I was in shallow (about 4 ft deep) water, throwing toys around between my sons and a friend. After returning to the cabin, I discovered that my wedding ring was not on my finger. I was gripped with an awful feeling of loss. Beside the fact that it was a symbol of love and marriage for 27 years, it was unique… could never be duplicated. That ring was designed by my wife, Peggy, and was hand crafted by an elderly Latvian artist friend (no longer alive), Mike Geistauts. Mike, a sculptor artist, used the ancient “lost wax” investment casting method to create our gold wedding rings according to Peg’s design.
Family and friends hunted for many hours without success that weekend. Then a co-worker alerted us to www.TheRingFinders.com website and I got in touch with Dan Roekle. Dan and his son, Carter, loaded up their search equipment and made the very long drive from their home near Madison to Webb Lake (a 5+ hour drive). They arrived on the morning of August 16th. By lunchtime, they had searched the entire identified area and had pulled up a lot of odd metal objects including, incredibly, someone else’s wedding ring. For a moment, my wife thought they had found my lost ring, but quickly determined it was not it. Dan said he had never been so disappointed to find a ring before in his life. They resumed the search after lunch and Carter, swimming with goggles spotted my ring and retrieved it. Dan and Carter think that it was probably next to another piece of junk that they dug up earlier in the day … which stirred up the sand and uncovered it.
Peg and I were elated and so very grateful. It was so amazing to get that precious ring back on my finger. At this time, the ring is off my finger again for resizing. Thank you so very much, Dan and Carter, for being willing to come so far and search until you succeeded.
Marty and Peg C.
Marty’s lost ring, along with Peg’s matching ring Junk that was dug up before the ring
Matt and his buddies made plans one Saturday to play some volleyball out in the middle of a small Orlando lake. It was a hot day so the water felt cool and relaxing. Unfortunately too relaxing as the combination of the cool water and activity made Matt’s wedding ring slide right off his finger and into the sandy bottom of the lake. Matt and his friends spent the next few hours running their fingers through the murky sand trying desperately to find his ring! Two days later Matt called me and we agreed on a time to meet and conduct a thorough search.
This search required the use of a canoe and kayak plus 4 pvc poles to mark the area in the 4 foot deep water. Matt had to guess where the net would have been located as they used only temporary poles put in just for the day. As I grid searched inside the 4 poles Matt maned the sifter. I would dig each signal and dump the contents into the floating sifter and Matt would locate the target. We found lots of junk in the soft sandy mud and after an hour of digging and sifting I heard Matt yell—“Here it is!!!!”
It is always a huge thrill to see the glint of gold in one’s scoop or sifter and this time it was extra exciting especially for Matt as he took part in the actual search and find!
Thanks Matt for your help in the search and I am so glad we were able to find your wedding ring.
Mike McInroe Grateful member of theringfinders.com