This call began with a text message from Kirby: Hi. Found your # on ringfinders. My wife lost her wedding band in the water yesterday at santa monica beach. Just south of lifeguard 25. She was about 25 yard in from high tide line when it happened.It is very distinctive, simple but custom symbols. Are you available to hunt for it?
I text him back telling him I would be there at start of the 2pm low tide to search in the water. When I arrived they were on the beach in the location. They explained that Rita felt the ring come off while throwing a Frizbee in knee deep water the day before. They have matching white gold wedding bands, so Kirby showed me his. He also had bearings on the shore that he remembered turned out to make this a successful recovery.
They had basically resolved that the ring was lost forever, but I assured them we still had a very good chance to find it. The sand conditions looked perfect. It only took 20 to 30 minutes to find this sentimental wedding band. The second target I dug in knee deep water was Rita’s white gold ring. I walked back towards the two of them sitting on the beach holding my hands up with the ring. Then I tossed it to Kirby as he walked towards me. For the next half hour they kept telling me how they couldn’t believe we found the ring.. They are from Vancouver, BC. enjoying a vacation at Santa Monica Beach. Their vacation was not starting out very well the first day. We were able to change that because they were able to find TheRingFinders.com and they had been able to get me in the general location. It was a pleasure to meet this beautiful couple and we had an awesome day. I love this service, I’ll keep doing this as long as I am able to.
The white gold diamond wedding ring was lost in the surf about 11:30 am at a 4.1′ high tide. When Shawn’s wife , Ashley was in the surf in approximately ankle deep water, her ring slipped off her finger into water saturated sand, disappearing immediately. Shawn called me from their home 40 miles away.
I got to the approximate location that same evening as the tide was coming back in. Beach closes at sunset. As it turned out, Crystal Cove State Beach has four entrances, I went to the wrong part of Crystal Cove , because Shawn said it was the first lifeguard tower to the right of the tunnel ( 2 entrances have tunnels under PCH). Texted him a photo of the lifeguard tower and he told me it wasn’t the right location.
Returned to my car, drove one mile south, parked then walked a quarter mile to the location. Twenty feet to the left of the lifeguard tower I started a grid to and from the incoming waves. Second pass, first target was Ashley’s wedding ring.. I sent them a photo of the ring in my hand. They came that evening to pick up the ring. It was great that she didn’t have to lose a nights sleep or worry about losing her ring forever. Another nice note was this next week they will be celebrating their fourth year wedding anniversary. A very nice couple who were elated and in disbelief that they could find their ring using the Internet and a smart phone while at home 40 miles from where it was lost.. Maybe a good tag would be: ” How to find a ring 40 miles away remotely from the comfort of your couch”. You’ve got to love it !
Jaimee called me late in the afternoon. Her dilemma was, that her platinum diamond wedding ring had come off her finger in knee deep water while throwing a ball. The tide was coming in and it was going to be a 6.2 ft. high tide. Chances of finding it now would not be good. Most important now was to meet them to pinpoint the location and the circumstances that led to the loss.
When I arrived at Capistrano Orange County Beach Park, Jaimee and her husband Jason met me. They are beach people and she told me she always leaves her rings at home when they go to the beach. This time it slipped her mind. After losing the ring in the water somebody on the beach suggested they try to find a metal detector. They went online finding me at TheRingFinders.com.
The surf was very violent with a quick surging shore break. The tide rises about one foot an hour. It was looking like it would be better to wait till the midnight low tide. I looked at Jaimee’s desperation and thought maybe I should just try now. I went out where the waves were hitting me about waist high. After 15 minutes I decided to give up till later. Then, my first and only signal came into my earphones . It took several attempts with my sand scoop, but I pulled up a scoop full of small cobble rocks. Right on top of the rocks shining at me was Jaimee’s diamond ring. They were watching me and I held back my emotional reaction of finding the ring.
I walked up to Jaimee with the rocks and ring still in my scoop. I told her that I couldn’t search any longer. She agreed, that is when I told her to look in the scoop. No words can express the look on her face or the feelings I saw at that moment. This too, was one of those finds that surprise me just as much as the both of them. That is one of the reasons I say “I’ll Try Anywhere”.. It’s like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket.. I switch that around to say, “You can’t find it if you don’t turn on your detector and swing it. ”
I love this service, I don’t like to call it a job.. I have had jobs before, but none of them made me feel this good.