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Ring Lost Swimming at Kai Iwi Lakes – Found!

from Paihia (New Zealand)
Contact: 021 401 626

Got a message from Geoffrey that he’d lost his wedding ring while swimming at Kai Iwi lakes, near Dargaville, in the north of New Zealand. While this was out of my regular area, there was definite urgency as the lakes are heavily patrolled by holidaying metal detectorists at this time of year. So coffee in hand, I lurched out the door the following morning at 4:30am for the two and a bit hour drive across to the other coast to meet them when the gates opened at 7.

Kai Iwi lakes are real gems, classified as perched dune lakes, these unique features have warm, gin clear water with no organic tint on a white silica sand base, definitely one of the more pleasant places to hunt. Certainly worth a visit if in the North of New Zealand.

Geoffrey, really nice chap, had called in a sick day for work and was settling in for a long stressful day of waiting. We discussed how it had been lost – that old, old story of sunblock and cold water, along with his movements in and out of the water.  He waded out with me so I could get him to visually line up some reference marks he remembered at the time of loss.

Based on his recollection of “looking at that yellow boat”, and “That hill over there” coupled with “I was about this deep…About here”…I dropped the PLS (Point Last Seen) marker float.

Originally I had planned in my head to use the spiral search pattern, although went with a linear search as the water was so clear I could save the hassle of an extra line and see the scoop drag marks on the bottom.
Switching on, I started the first line running out to deeper water, before turning and coming back in towards the beach, this alignment allowed me to use some very easy markers both on land and out in the lake to ensure a good coverage. I had just turned and started the second run when I heard what I wanted.

I gently shaved the surface of the sand off with the scoop and as I lifted it I could hear the ring bouncing around in there. I got Geoffreys attention, then held the scoop up with a big smile and gave it a jiggle. His eyes lit up in disbelief when he heard the rattle.

I held the ring out to him as he waded over, his grin getting progressively bigger and the “No Way!” comments getting louder as he got closer, I suggested there was maybe still time for him to get to work after all  🙂

Found and returned lost iphone at Misquamicut Beach Rhode Island .

from Woonsocket (Rhode Island, United States)
Contact: 1-401-225-5770

On July 3rd, while metal detecting on Misquamicut Beach, I discovered an iPhone 7  buried in the sand.  Once the iPhone was charged, it gave a phone number to call if the phone was found.  Its owner had used a special application, which allowed him to put a message on his iPhone when it was lost.  I called the number and connected with Anthony, the owner, who was very glad to hear from me.  Anthony had lost the phone two days earlier.  After searching the beach, he didn’t expect to get it back.  He was in Boston when I called, and it was late evening, but he was happy to drive to Rhode Island to claim his phone.


Lost wedding Ring in lake at Ocean View Campground Recovered by NJ Lost Ring Finder

from South Jersey (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-856-296-9258

I received a call from Alex who got my name and metal detecting services information from the campground owners in hopes that I could find his wedding band he had lost about 2 weeks ago in the swimming lake. I had actually just done  a recovery in this lake earlier in the week and was confident I could locate his ring. We arrived at the lake and we entered the water in the area he lost it in while playing with his daughter. While searching he was explaining how much the ring meant to him and 12 years of marriage so he was really desperate to find it. I started to grid search the area and after digging a few coins I got a nice gold signal from my White’s MX Sport metal detector. Knowing that this could be his ring I slowing eased my sand scoop into the sand and brought it to the surface. As the sun reflected into the scoop I could see his wet beautiful diamond ring laying in the bottom of the scoop. He and his friend were totally amazed and filled with excitement with the recovery and Alex immediately said thank you! I could feel his relief and thankfulness in the hand shake and see the look on his face. The people on the beach and in the water around us just added to the moment of yet another great recovery! Recovery #95


from Woonsocket (Rhode Island, United States)
Contact: 1-401-225-5770

On Sunday afternoon, I received a call from Brian, who had lost his wedding band in Barber Pond.  He explained that he had been playing with his daughter in about knee-deep water, when he saw his ring fall into the water.  Hidden by silt which clouded the water, the ring soon disappeared into the sand.  Brian, his wife, and friends searched but couldn’t find the ring.  That’s when Brian consulted the internet and found me on  I met Brian at a small parking area near the lake.  After a ten minute walk through the woods, the path opened to a beautiful little beach on the pond.  It would have been a lot more pleasant had it not been 95 degrees and very humid.  Fortunately, I was able to recover the ring in about 45 minutes.  Brian was a very happy young man!



How to a Find Lost Ring in Cape Cod Waters – Call a Ring Finder

from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-860-309-3307

Family members, water and rings have been not mixing well this month. My third call to search for a ring lost while playing with a family member was the most difficult due to so many targets in a small area. Confounding the problem was that I chose to use my largest coil for a quick recovery. A combination not wanted in an area filled with targets. After the previous two finds I was confident it would not take long…not to be. A little over an hour and on my third pass over the gridded area I found and returned the ring to Sean. Time for smile and ring photos to be taken.


Lost Gold Ring in Daytona Beach surf….Found!

from Sanford (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-321-363-6029

Last week I made plans to do some beach detecting and decided to search an area of Daytona Beach that had a couple of high end Hotels.  Lots of people vacation here this time of year and I figured there had to be some treasures lost in the surf and sand just waiting for me to dig up.  I arrived two hours before low tide and spent a total of 6 hours swinging my Whites Dual Field metal detector in and out of the water hoping for a few good finds.  I found a few coins , a couple of junk ear rings, loads of hair pins and even a small medallion off of someone’s necklace.  Then about 4 and a half hours into my search I got a really sweet signal and out pops a nice gold ring!  I had to wait till I got back to my van to read what was engraved inside.  The name Mariam and a date of 03.05.2003.  When I got home I showed my family the nice gold ring that I found and I figured it would be another nice addition to my collection of rings…but it was not to be.

Later that evening I sat down at my computer to check my e-mails and look up the markings on the inside of the ring.  The markings turned out to be Egyptian and told me the ring was 18 carat gold.  Next I checked my e-mail and there was a message thru from a lady who said the following:  “Hi Mike,  I found your info online.  My husband, Amgad, lost his wedding band in the ocean in Daytona Beach in front of the Hilton resort last Saturday.  We tried hard to find it with no hope.  My husband has had his ring for 11 years and it slipped off his finger in a second while surfing with our son.  Please, if you can help us find it we would really appreciate it.  We live in Missouri, about 15 hours away and we had to go back home last Sunday, but we still have hope and faith that everything is possible.  Please we  need your help, you don’t know how sad my husband is since he lost his ring!   Thanks, MARIAM

I could hardly believe what had just happened!  Could I have actually found the ring they had lost before getting the request to look for it?  There really was no doubt!!  The name Mariam— plus the fact that Amgad had worn his ring for 11 years and the date of 03.05.2003 was proof enough!

After sharing my MIRACLE with Mariam she wrote me back saying:  “Oh my GOD, I thought you ignored my e-mail.  It is a Miracle!  My hands are shaking while I write to you.  There are no words I can say to thank you enough.  You are the angel that God sent to find our ring.  You would not believe how this past week was for my husband.  I will tell everyone I know about”

Two days later Mariam wrote:  “I still cannot believe what happened!  I read your e-mail 10 times a day and tell myself God is so good!  What you do as a hobby (metal detecting) is really a very helpful thing.  Especially when people like us lose a very valuable thing – that losing it really touches their hearts and finding it by an angel like you touches their hearts even more!  As I said and I will be saying for the rest of my life, thank God and thank you for being God’s messenger that found our missing wedding band and delivered  the GREAT NEWS to us when we so badly needed it!!”


Miriams husband and ring

Mariam and Amgad, I am so happy to have been able to help you in getting your ring back and thank you for your generous reward and kind words.

Mike McInroe, proud member of

Metal Detector Rental for Lost Diamond Engagement Ring and Gold Wedding Band

from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: (778) 838-3463

You can rent a metal detector and search for hours and not find your lost ring…Dose that mean your ring is not there? I have found over 300 lost rings for people over the past 20 years and I’d say more then 60% of my clients had rented a metal detector before hiring me to find their lost ring.

A very small percentage of people who rent a metal detector will find their lost ring as most people have never used a metal detector before, and the one’s you rent are not the best out there. The other factor is where to look for your lost ring…

For me, in most cases, I find the ring nowhere close to where people think they lost it. So how many people are out there who rented a metal detector and searched for hours to just gave up because the detector was beeping everywhere and they couldn’t find the ring where they thought they’d lost it…

That’s where this directory (The Ring Finders) comes in handy! The Ring Finders Directory consists of metal detecting specialists that can save you time and find what you thought was lost forever!

If you don’t find your your lost ring…Don’t give up!  Hire a metal detecting specialist!

And yes we can find your lost ring in snow!

Happy Holidays!

Chris Turner