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Rose gold Star ring lost at South Beach Miami Beach , Florida… found and returned to the owner.

from North Miami Beach (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-754-707-1233

Rose  gold Star ring lost at South Beach Miami Beach , Florida… found and returned to the owner

I was Metal Detecting on South Beach Miami Beach , Florida When a woman approached me and asked me to help her find a ring that her husband lost a few moments earlier. I immediately found it and returned it to them within 10 minutes.

 

Lost Phone at Ocean Beach found

from La Jolla (California, United States)

Keanna spent the day at the dog beach in Ocean Beach with friends, both human and furry. Sometime during her stay, her phone came up missing. She and her friends sifted through the sand trying to find it, but, we know the results of that effort…..nada. After an online search with her friend Kristen’s phone, The Ring Finders website came up and my info. Kristen contacted me on her phone asking for help. Being early afternoon on a Labor Day weekend, trying to make to their location right away would be almost impossible, so, since they planned on being there for a while, I told them I’d come later in the day when people started to leave the beach and I would actually be able to drive to the beach and find a parking spot. I arrived a bit after sunset and met up with Kristen in the parking lot. We trekked over to the area where the phone was lost, and where I met Keanna and the gang. Maybe a minute went by on my search and I get a fairly deep and large signal on my detector. Not wanting to accidentally damage her phone, I used my pin pointer to probe into the sand for the target. I wasn’t surprised to find her phone, as this was the signal I expected, but, I was surprised that it was 8-10 inches deep. We guessed that with the dogs digging and other activities around the camp that it must have ended up in a hole that got covered. The phone was still up and working, so, a happy Keanna and her friends could head home after a long day at the beach. Pleasure meeting you all and thank you for the reward.

Lost Engagement ring in Seaside Park NJ Found by Matt St.Germain

from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-581-0285
Yesterday evening I was contacted by Skylar on behalf of their friends Rina & Tim. While they were at the beach earlier in the day Rina had taken her Jeans and folded them up and placed them on the beach. Before doing so she put her engagement ring in the pocket for safe keeping. After getting back to the house she realized her ring was missing when she had reached into the pocket to put it back on. I made arrangements with Tim to meet them at the beach entrance. Once i arrived, Tim and Rina along with Mom and Dad showed me the approximate area they sat on the beach. In about 10 mins I was able to locate it! Everyone was so surprised but even more so they very Happy and relieved! Another happy Ending!

Lost Ring, Perdido Beach – FOUND!!!

from Orange Beach (Alabama, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736


Sometimes everything comes together and no matter how lost something is, it’s just bound to be found. That was the case for this young lady on the beach yesterday afternoon who had lost a very important ring. It was already very late after work but I decided to hit the beach anyway. I had already gone to one parking area but after I walked all the way to the water I realized that I left my battery in the car. I walked all the way out and decided that I should head down the beach a bit because of a storm that was on the way. When I got there I decided to turn towards the rain cloud so that if I got caught in the storm, I would have the wind at my back running to the car. All of these things seemed to innocently transpire all to have BrieOcea come running up to me after only about five minutes on the beach. She asked if I was holding a metal detector and she looked hopeful when I told her I was. I asked her if she had lost something and she replied that she had dropped a ring that had been in her family for generations. I told her that I would be glad to take a look and asked her what the ring was made out of and when she lost it. She said it had almost been a week and that she thought it was silver. I think she saw me start to lose some confidence because she quickly assured me that it was a very small area. I asked her a little more about the ring and she said that there was a large black stone with a diamond in it. I made a note to dig everything because while possible, especially on older rings, diamonds are usually not on silver. I started gridding back and forth and it wasn’t long before she came over and said that her boyfriend had called from the condo and told her that we were slightly in the wrong spot. I made the adjustment and went back to the search. I found a coin or two and got my hopes up. Then I got a signal that could be trash but I knew it could also be gold. I went ahead and dug it because of my earlier thoughts about the diamond. I am very glad that I did because I pulled out a beautiful gold ring with a black stone and a diamond in it. When I called her over, she placed it back on her finger and she was just thrilled. She mentioned that she had made up her mind to not worry and let things work themselves out. When I told her the events that led me to her she said God must have sent me her way. Indeed!  I am so very glad that I could help reunite you with such a special ring. 😃

Lost Engagement/Wedding rings in LBI NJ Found by: Matt St.Germain

from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-581-0285
8/30/20
About 9:30pm I received a text from Joe.
.While in town visiting Joes parents Joanne and Leon along with other family members, They were having a beach day. Jackie had removed her rings and put them into her phone case for safe keeping. However, Their young nephew took her phone out at some point and the rings had fallen into the sand and vanished! Everyone searched feverishly for them but they were nowhere to be found. They even used a few older metal detectors to no avail. After posting about the loss on a few local pages Joe reached out to me in hopes I may be able to help. I got on the phone with Joe and Jackie via conference call and they gave me as many details as possible and a few photos. Although I had plans to go somewhere I promised them I would go there sometime that night no matter how late it was. I left where I was around 2am and made the hour drive to the beach they were at. Once I arrived there and saw all the marks in the sand from them fanning the sand by hand. (They resembled miniature snow angels.) I knew for sure I was in the right spot. I turned on the machine and began my search. First out of of the sand was Jackie’s wedding band and right next to it was her engagement ring! I sent Joe a photo to let him know the rings had been found. Later on that morning I received the kind of reply I always love to see. One of surprise, Relief and much Joy! The next day after going out on another search I met with Joe’s parents Joanne and Leon on the way home to give them the rings which in turn they met up with Joe later that day to so he could bring them home to Jackie. He told me she was filled with excitement and tears of joy when she learned her rings were coming home to her. I love being able to help people get such meaningful and sentimental items back to them! Another wonderful ending!

Lost Engagement Ring Recovered Western Wisconsin in Apple River.

from Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)
Contact: 1-651-755-5905

I received a phone call from the mother of a friend of a gal that had lost her ring in the Apple River. For those that are unfamiliar with the Apple River, its about a 3.6-mile meandering river through the Wisconsin countryside. It has a couple of tubing companies that rent out tubes and will bring you back following your floating adventure.  The summer weekends are always busy with floaters from all around.  When floating it is always possible to drop something along the way.

Its not uncommon for people to get separated from some their possessions while enjoying a leisurely float down the river. If what you have lost floats you might be able to recover it quickly. Many people wear sandals and one gets knocked off, you can yell to a buddy to grab it or keep and eye on it and you will be able to recover it. Other times people may drop jewelry and not know where on the river it came off.  When I received a phone call saying that a person had dropped a ring, I thought it would be almost impossible to find without a known location. Even with a location it is exceedingly difficult to find something like a ring.  I mentioned to the mother that without a known location there is no way to find it.

Later the next night, I received another call, this time from Colton the fiancé of the Maria that had lost the ring. He said that he did have a known location and it happened to be where everyone gets out of the river following the ride. In the process of getting off the tube trying to get her feet under herself with the current and slippery submerged boulders under foot, she saw the ring slip off her finger and fall into the river.  She was also trying to stay upright while catching some tipping coolers and contents.   That night the group of friends ran to a local store and bought some snorkels and masks. They searched well into the night without finding the ring.  That’s when they looked up Ring Finders and came across several of the Ring Finders in the area.  They did call Ring Finder Darrin Gray. Darrin has been in Ring Finders the longest and has the recoveries to prove it.  This one was further away for Darrin and he suggested them to call me Paul Nolan being closer to the location of the missing ring.  I must give a shout out to the Minnesota Ring Finders and Darrin in particular; he works very well with the other Ring Finders in the area to help facilitate successful recoveries.

I arranged to meet Colton, Maria’s fiancé out on site to go over the particulars about the location for this recovery.  I started out getting acquainted with the flow of the river and trying to determine how far out she was into the river.  In the middle of the river the current is much swifter and moving quite a bit faster than near the edges. So the difference in 8-10 feet makes a huge difference on where the ring would end up on the bottom.

I jumped in with my Garrett AT Pro metal detector in hand and my pro point pin pointer.  Both are water resistant up to about 10 feet.  I start out generally making a primary search of that covers the area most likely to have the lost item.  In this case there were all kinds of obstacles that were going to make things much more challenging. The current, other tubers coming down tied together in a big flotillas. The river is about 3-4 feet deep with a lot of large boulders hidden underwater. These boulders are covered with a slippery surface so walking in the river becomes incredibly challenging. Searching between the scattered rocks and with small debris from years of floaters like, rivets from jeans, bathing suit zippers, pop tops, and parts to glasses scattered about. All these metallic objects set off a metal detector. So I worked the area from a semi standing position, slipping and falling many times trying to locate the ring. My chins and legs where getting banged up by slipping on rocks.  I think I spent 4-5 hours out on site the first day.  The only reason I left that night was it was getting dark and I was the only one left. I decided it was just too dangerous being alone. So I packed it up for the night.

I went back out again the next day changing my approach slightly and brought goggles and a handheld pin pointer but now I switched over to a secondary search. This is a more methodical search of a grid area. You start out with 4×4 blocks and you search it and move over and search the next 4×4 grid. One trick I did was to turn off all other metal from what I was looking for. So knowing I was looking for a Gold ring turned all the other metals off and was running a very tight band. I did this for about 3 hours when my gear started getting waterlogged.  A little water seeps in past some rubber o-rings and causes your equipment to become erratic. I also broke the plastic armrest on the detector fighting the current was putting so much pressure of the armrest. Adapting to the changing environment I spent the next 3 hours diving with goggles searching between rocks a looking in all the places that a ring might get lodged in. I had searched and area about 18’ x 40’ with some very strong current over half the area. Still nothing. I packed it in for the day and would go home and heal my legs and figure a way to modify the equipment to best work for the environment I was searching.  So I dried everything out and went to work on making a new much shorter handle. I also switched to a smaller coil “the end of the detector that picks up the metal signal” The smaller coil allows me to separate out multiple targets that are close together.  With the newly designed detector in hand I went back out for a third time. The detector with the shorter handle worked out OK. I could read the detector while operating it, it could be shortened a little more.

At this point you change again to searching the grid with all discrimination turned off and pick everything within reason. When you get a hit of a target you can read some information on the detector like type of metal, and how deep it is. If it is 4-5 inches down with a hard base you can rule those out. But if it is close to the surface you may have to dig those.  I again worked for about 4+ hours and came up with nothing. This last day of searching was on a Monday morning when fewer people would be out. When I did show up I was met in the parking lot by a guy that had been around while I was searching. Only this time he was is in a wet suit with mask and snorkel. He had been searching for the ring and was telling me that it was not there…

A lot of people were finding out about the lost ring from various sources. This is not a good thing.  You just never know if someone had come out and found the ring on you.  About this time all kinds of questions start entering your head, was the ring really lost in this area? Did someone else find it? How am I missing it? Is it an equipment setup issue.

I heard from the Darrin and we were consulting about maybe having him come out with dive gear and search using scuba. I had also heard that Maria and her father were going to go out and searching for it on Wednesday. So I planned on meeting up with them on site and give this another go with information from the person that lost the ring. When I arrived Maria and her father were on site in the river with wet suits metal detector and snorkel and masks.  I brought out a another ring and had Maria drop the ring in the same location and follow the ring. We did tie it off with some lite fishing line to help follow it to a resting place.

After locating the ring – Now this is where I had the search, so again I methodically started going over the area and picking everything that came up. The more targets that I removed the better it is.  After about an hour and half I was picking up targets that needed to have hand sized rocks moved away to get to those targets. It also had about 3 inches of sand on the bottom. With the water current moving past you could wave your hand over the sand and could get it to wash away.  After clearing an area I would move 3-4 feet and do it again. First wave the detector over the area and find locations of targets then go try and locate each target. The last target I waved my hand and thought I had seen a pop top pull tab circle. Whoa,  it was to shinny for that waved my hand past it again and there was a shinny ring laying on the bottom of the river. Was this a bling ring that had been tossed earlier by Maria and her dad? Was this the ring we were looking for? I popped up and asked her father, he was trying to look at it and tried to take it off my finger still in the river. I clinched down and said not until we get to shore. Maria had meet us at the shore and could not believe what she saw. It was her ring. The ring held a lot of sentimental value being it held her grandmothers diamond that could not be replaced.   She was in shock. What a happy reunion. She gave me a big hug. So thankful.  I didn’t have my camera with because I didn’t want it stolen while I was in the water. So I asked that they send me a couple of photos later, and I would let them enjoy the moment.  Maria was on the phone right away “ I cant believe he found it”  That was music to my ears as I turned and walked back to my car gear in hand. Some finds are very fast, and some take time. This one was one of the most challenging finds I have ever had.

Ring lost at La Jolla Shores found

from La Jolla (California, United States)

Annabelle was at La Jolla Shores surfing when, while ducking under an incoming wave, her hard earned graduation ring popped off her finger and plunged in the waist deep surf. After an online search, Annabelle’s mother Ginny, called me about an hour and half later to see if I could help. Do beaches eat rings? Sure I could! At least I would give it the old college try! Surf hunts are never easy, and with a storm southwest of us causing some bigger surf, this was going to be an extra challenge. I picked 11:30pm as a time to meet, as low tide was going to be coming up at 1:15am. Annabelle lost her ring about and hour and fifteen minutes from +5.9 high tide, so, with a -.01 low tide coming up, the ring should only be in very shallow water or wet sand. I met with Ginny, Annabelle, and her two brothers on time and we proceeded to the search area. As I suspected, the surf was not going to cooperate. Rouge waves kept blasting up the wet sand wiping out my grid marks, and after a half hour and a few tries going from beach to breakers, I gave up on that plan and tried running parallel to the shore where I was able to take some bearings from lights off in the distance to help keep me on a straight line. After another 15 minutes and not finding a single non-ferrous target all night, I got a nice solid 10 on my Equinox in ankle deep water. One scoop later, and I see a nice looking ring in the basket. I walked over to Annabelle and Ginny and asked if this was THE ONE. Annabelle picked up the ring in relief, joy, and disbelief. A pleasure to meet you all, and thank you for the reward.

Lost wedding band in Surf City NJ found by Matt St.Germain

from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-581-0285

Earlier this afternoon i was contacted by Michael. He was at the beach and went into the water during high tide and was hit by a few waves and wound up losing his wedding band. I got the information i needed and headed out there right away to make the next low tide in hopes of being able to locate it. Once i got there Michael met me and showed me the area he was. I started my search and within about 15 minutes i had it! He was surprised and very happy! Another great ending!

Lost wedding ring in Surf City NJ found by Matt St.Germain

from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-581-0285

8/22/20

Earlier today I was tagged in a Facebook post about a lost wedding band. I promptly responded and was then messaged by Maggie. Her husband Danny was out on a kayak with one of their children and when they came back Danny and another family member went to flip the kayak over to carry it off the beach when Danny noticed something fall. At first he thought it was a shell but when they got back to the house he realized it must have been his wedding ring because it was no longer on his finger! I made arrangements to meet them this afternoon to conduct a search. They gave me an idea of where they entered the water and where they came out. There was a lot of people in the area but as they learned what had happened they very politely moved over as I searched. After about an hour and no luck I told them instead of continuing to ask people to move I would come back later after I finish this one last area that was open. During the 4th pass I got the sound I was waiting for. Sure enough I had it! I held it up in the air and yelled! They were so happy and surprised and everyone around us was amazed I had found it! Everyone was yelling and clapping with joy! Now they can continue enjoying the rest of the weekend with their children and family! I love this hobby!

Wedding Ring Set Lost In Atlantic Beach, NC Waters Found & Vacation Saved

from Morehead City (North Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-614-354-6704

Amanda & Chris were spending a family vacation along Salter Path’s beach.  After a few hours on the beach they returned to their room to clean up.  It was then Amanda discovered her wedding ring set was gone!  Chris had mentioned to me that the rings were usually a snug fit and had been soldered together.  The evening of the loss, Chris found my contact information and plans were made to meet the following day.  After a thunderstorm, I began the search in the area of the beach they set up and worked my way toward the water.  Once it was near the low tide time, I changed to a different metal detector and headed into the water.  One of the first targets in the water was a stainless band ring.  A couple more items were retrieved from the waist deep water before I placed the detector coil over Amanda’s rings.  To my surprise, they were laying on top of the sand & shells I pulled up in the scoop.  Chris mentioned I had saved their vacation as Amanda was very upset because the rings were lost.