White Gold and Diamond Anniversary Ring Found and Returned, Myrtle Beach SC
I had just crawled into bed Sunday evening when I heard my cell phone ringing in the next room. I did not get to the phone in time. I saw the call was from Ohio. Checking voicemail and texts, but there were no messages. Deciding to ignore it, I crawled back into bed. 10 minutes later I heard the phone ringing again. Annoyed I jumped out of bed to answer the phone. Jim Wren, TRF North Myrtle Beach, was on the other end telling me I had a ring search in the Myrtle Beach area. He told me the lady was desperate. With a little bit of sarcasm I replied, “They all are”. I asked Jim if he wanted to do the search. He said he would contact her and see what was up and that he would send me a text to let me know what he did. The next morning, I checked my text messages to find a message from Jim. He explained that he did not go out because the ring was lost near the water’s edge at low tide and was then under water.
I sent Niki a text to follow up. She returned my text with a phone call and explained that she was getting ready to leave town to return home. Explaining to her that it was high tide and that the ring was under water was not what she wanted to hear. I did tell her that I would chase the tide down later that afternoon, but that I wanted to meet with her before she got out of town. She had to get on the road to make work that evening, but her daughter Alexa would be here for a couple more hours. I met with Alexa a couple hours later to get a good idea of their position on the beach the day before. Alexa was a big help. She told me that the ring could be on the top of the beach as well.
I returned to the beach at 2:30. Picturing a 65 yard square grid, I got to work with my trust Minelab CTX 30-30. I worked the top of the beach for an hour allowing the tide to recede a little more. There were several people on the beach that afternoon. While working my grid I would draw a circle with my sand scoop around the camped out beach goers and keep moving. Explaining to them what I was doing held back any frustration as to why I was in their space. The tide had gone down a bit more, so I decided to move to the water’s edge. I was working parallel to the water when on my third gridline I got a nice 12:05 signal at 5” deep on the CTX. I knew this would probably be her ring. It was! As I picked it up out of the sand I could see a few of the beach goers watching me from their chairs. I nodded to them with confirmation that I had found Niki’s anniversary ring. They stood and cheered the successful result. “The Ring Dance”. On returning to my truck I shot a picture and texted it to 3 different phones that I had acquired for Niki’s group. Sitting in the passenger seat Niki got my message and screamed so loud she scared the “Stuff” out of everybody in the car. My phone began to “bling” with all of the excited responses. “The text message ‘Ring Dance”!
Niki’s anniversary ring is now back on her finger in Ohio. What she thought was gone forever now has an additional story to it’s credit. The 25 years anniversary ring that husband Steven gave her last year is back where it belongs. And any grumpiness that I had the night before was replaced with joy for everybody.
’til next time.