Mark and his family are vacationing here in Newport Beach from Northern California. They rented a four person bicycle surrey that they peddled down the boardwalk to an isolated area of the beach.
His son was showing how he could jump off the 5 foot embankment and after a few minutes realized he had lost his iPhone. The family went to the local merchant buying a couple plastic shovels. After two hours the Celphone was not to be found.
They returned to their hotel where Mark searched the internet finding my contact information on TheRingFinders.com. When he called me, I was excited because this sounded like an easy search. I checked the tides which were still low enough to attempt a search before salt water might damage the Celphone.
I was at the location within 30 minutes. It was about 8:15 when I spotted the plastic shovel that Mark had left in the sand. I got two large signals that could have been the phone. The third signal was the Celphone more than 14 inches in the sand. It’s not wise to use a sand scoop to retrieve phones, digging with my hands it still was hard to find after having heard a good metallic signal from my detector.
Mark and his family were staying 3 miles from where I live. It was no big deal to take the phone to them. Mark had the phone in his hands less that two hours after he contacted me.
When Eva’s Celphone was lost in sand the night before her friends searched several hours, she called me the next morning. She had been visiting friends that live on the beach front in Newport Beach, CA. They have a game they play on the beach throwing weighted bags into boxes that have holes in them.
Latter in the evening she couldn’t find her iPhone. Attempts to find it that evening were not successful. Eva and her friends returned in the morning but they still couldn’t find it. They found me online at TheRingFinders.com. I was only 3 miles away, but it still took longer to find a parking space than it did to find the iPhone. It was found in the area they showed me, but probably 15 to 20 feet away from where the “Find My Phone” app showed them to look. I was careful to dig with my hands, as not to damage it trying to dig it with my scoop.
Some guys don’t like to search for phones or keys because often they are picked up by someone passing by. I usually try for anything unless too large of a search area. Example would be something lost on a 5 mile jogging work out.
As many times as I have found items of value for people, it was still a special moment to retrieve this phone for Eva. Everybody was impressed at how well a metal detector works to find something in the sand. They just don’t understand that it takes a quality detector and a lot of time to learn how to operate a metal detector. If you’ve rented or bought a detector to search for a valuable item and couldn’t find it? It may still be there and recoverable by an experienced metal detector specialist