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Wedding Band Lost on the North Shore is Found!

  • from Honolulu (Hawaii, United States)

It was just after noon on a Saturday afternoon when I got a call from Theresa who was sounding a little desperate.  Her fiance’s (Glenn) ring had been dropped and lost in the soft sands of a North Shore beach.  She had been trying desperately to get in touch with a RingFinder knowing that the longer the ring remains missing the harder it would be to find.  I explained that I live on the complete opposite side of the island and it would take at least 90 minutes to drive to the location and wouldn’t she prefer someone closer?  After some back and forth about time where to meet it became clear that if I didn’t find that ring today no one was going to help out this lady.  So I bit the bullet, so to speak, and headed to the North Shore of Oahu.  Almost two hours later do to extreme traffic on the North Shore we met up at the entrance to this secluded beach.  Truthfully I would have never known it was there unless Theresa and Glenn showed me where is was.  Theresa showed me the areas they had been sitting and I began gridding the area.  There was a  lot of trash in these sands and it took a while to search the area and dig up all the targets to make sure we’re not missing the grand prize.  After about 40 minutes searching a small area with no luck Theresa suggested that I should try the area near the entrance to the beach.  Two minutes in a got a strong signal on the Equinox a solid 17, which I usually associate with a bottle cap I dug the target and there bouncing in the scoop was a heavy beautiful Men’s wedding band with a Koa Wood inlay.  I don’t think I’ve seen two happier and relived people.

I wish the two of them happyness and prosperity in their upcoming wedding.   Aloha

 

Covell’s Beach, Barnstable, MA: IPhone found and returned

  • from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)

August 27, 2022

No phone call for this find and return. I was just finishing up an enjoyable evening of metal detecting and heading across the sandy beach when I found the best find of the evening, an IPhone.

The IPhone had a Find My Phone application on it. Unfortunately, I had no idea of how to use the app. I saw the battery was charged and the phone appeared to be functioning properly, but it was “locked” and I did not have the password to “unlock” it. Whatever I did, the phone started ringing. Again, I pressed the displayed prompts and I was connected to Krista.

The phone was Krista’s daughter’s and it had fallen off the beach chair as they were leaving the beach. At home Jenna went to retrieve the phone from the car’s trunk but could not find it. That is when the “Find My Phone” app was activated. If you are reading this blog and have a cell phone, I would suggest you learn about the app if you do not already know about it. As I personally have an Android phone and I have the splash screen instruct anyone that may have found the phone to call my home number. Now I will look into the Find My Phone app and see if there is one for the Android.

Back to the return: After a quick chat Krista said if I waited at the beach, she would be there to pick up the phone in about 15 minutes. I just had to wait as I know how important a cell phone with all the photos and information one needs is very important to them. Besides I also needed some information and photos to complete this blog. The time passed, Krista and Jenna arrived on time and the rest is filled with smiles, Thank Yous, and above all a promise for a personal note for my scrap book of Happy Memories.

Sweet 17 Ring Recovered at Waimanalo Beach

  • from Honolulu (Hawaii, United States)

I got a text on mid-day Sunday from a lady named Martha.  She explained that on Friday the family was at the beach having a picnic and celebrating her 17 years old daughter’s birthday.  The main birthday gift her daughter received was a Hawaiian style gold ring.  While playing volleyball the gold ring flew off her finger and landed some where on the beach.  They had searched the rest of Friday evening and Saturday as well but came up with nothing.  Martha then let me know that she had texted several metal detectorists but had not heard back from any of them.  I was the first to respond and I told her I would grab my gear and be at the beach in twenty minutes.  It was a beautiful beach day, the sun shining bright and not a cloud in the sky.  It was also hot!  Africa hot!  but that kind of weather on a weekend in Hawaii means the beaches were going to be crowded which can complicate things.  Upon arriving the first challenge is finding parking and that took a few minutes and a distant walk to the part of the beach where the ring was lost.  They explained where the ring was thought to be lost which delineated an area of 30 yards of beach.  OK, I’ve searched bigger so I got to work scanning in a grid pattern from the water line to the back of the beach.  About ten minutes in a did get a hit, dug it up, and scored a tiny silver ring.  A nice find but not what I was looking for.  I continued to scan in that grid pattern and was quickly running out of beach that the family thought was the area that the ring was lost.  I got another strong signal but in an area on my detector which suggested was a bottle cap.  This is a ring search and on those we dig up everything.  One quick scoop and bingo! there bouncing in the scoop was a beautiful Hawaiian style gold ring.  Her 17 year-old daughter was all smiled getting her birthday present back on her finger.  But the adventure wasn’t over just yet.  Two more young ladies who had watched the activities asked if I could find a ring a family member had lost the day before.  Same beach but a different area.  They would have her come out the next day and show me the area.  No good deed….

Wedding Ring Recovered: Waikiki Tag Team

  • from Honolulu (Hawaii, United States)

A couple of days ago I was again metal detecting one of my favorite beaches when a gentleman came up to me and asked “I’ve lost my wedding ring can you help me find it”?  He indicated that the ring was in waist deep water and was in a quiet area of the lagoon.  I was using one of my old detectors and didn’t want to take a chance on getting it wet.  I informed him i could do the shallower area but I also knew the just down the beach was another metal dectorist by the name of Brian.  I asked that while I looking for his ring if he could ask Brian to help.  Sure enough within a few minutes he was Brian were back and we began to search.  Five minutes later Brian called out and he had found the ring!  Working together to provide a positive conclusion and a happy customer is the whole point.

Wedding Ring Save at Lanikai Beach

  • from Honolulu (Hawaii, United States)

I was running errands when my phone rang.  It was Chris and Lisa asking if I could do them a huge favor and find Chris’ lost wedding ring at Lanikai beach.  I let them know it would be about 90 minutes before I could get there as I was on the opposite side of the island and still had to grab my gear from home. They said they would grab a bite to eat and meet me at the entrance to the beach.

Lanikai beach is very popular beach in a residential neighborhood with extremely limited parking.  When I arrived Chris offered to move his vehicle and let me take the parking space while Lisa and I headed to the beach.  Upon arrival with our toes in the sand Lisa marked off the area they had been sitting and by this time the tide had come in and the section of beach was awash.  Lisa let me know that I was looking for a chunky silver wedding band.  I immediately got to work scanning the area in a spiral pattern working outward from where they had been sitting.  It didn’t take long and after 5 minutes got a screaming signal of BIG silver.  One deep scoop later Chris was reunited with his ring and the nearby beach-go-ers who had been observing were all cheers.

Lost Jewelry – Waimea Beach – 2Rings and a Bracelet

  • from Honolulu (Hawaii, United States)

I woke up that morning and like a lot of us checked my phone.  I had a text from Allison asking if I still work with the Ringer Finders.  I let her know that I was a proud member and asked her about how I might.  She told me the story of how she had gone to the beach with friends and before going in the water she had taken her two rings and gold bracelet off and put them on her towel.  When she exited the water she grabbed her towel without thinking.  Instant recognition of whet she had just done as the jewelry went flying!  She described how she and her friends searched the sand but were unable to find anything.

I asked what beach this took place at and she told me Waimea beach.  Waimea is famous for its big wave (30 ft or more) surfing but what a lot of people don’t know it that is has very deep and very soft sand and that anything dropped in to that sand can vanish instantly.  I told her I would meet her at the beach but that it would take me close to 90 minutes to drive there as I lived on the opposite side of the island.  After meeting her at Waimea she took me to the area the jewelry was lost and I began detecting.  We drew a crowd but they were merely curious and rooting for Allison to get her stuff back.  After a few minutes out into the scoop popped one ring.  The a couple minutes later came the second ring and finally the gold bracelet to the cheers of the small crowd looking on!  I’ve never see a smile like the one Allison had on her face when she had all her stuff back.

Car Keys Found! Sherwood’s Beach

  • from Honolulu (Hawaii, United States)

I got a call from Josh who was directed to me after contacting another Ringfinder.  Josh and his family were visiting from the Massachsuetts. In the process of unloading all the necessary beach paraphenalia they had lost the car keys to their rental car.  He called the rental company and they informed him there would be a $500 replacement cost to get new keys to Josh.  That’s when Josh decided to try the better option to call RingFinders.  After he called I told him it would only take 20 minutes and I headed out to meet him.

Once there Josh pointed out the area they thought the keys were and we went to work.  I gridded off the path from the car to the beach chairs and began detecting the area.  After 15 minutes and collecting pop tops and bottle caps so I got a trashy but strong signal.  Scooped the target and sure enough in the scoop were the Key FOB to the rental car.  Catastophy averted.

Found: Waikiki Beach – Wedding Ring

  • from Honolulu (Hawaii, United States)

It started as a normal day.  I headed to the beach for some metal detecting and relaxation.  That day I chose Waikiki Beach and left before dawn.  I hadn’t been on the sand more than 10 minutes when Adam, a surfing instructor, came up to me and asked “do you know how to use a metal detector?”.  I was taken aback a bit but answered that “I’ve been doing this for a number of years.  He then began to explain he had lost his ring in the late afternoon the day before.  He knew the aprox. location in the dry sand he had lost his ring and after some experimentation with a borrowed metal detector he gave up realizing he had no idea how to use it.  That explained his first question to me about if I knew how to use my metal detector.  I headed to the area he indicated.  The area was small but full of a lot of trash and iron.  It took a good 20 minutes to sort out all the targets but knowing that the ring was tungsten carbide I knew it would be a lower sounding contact.  Finally I locked on to the sound I wanted, which was outside the area indicated as where it was lost.  Only plausible explanation was as it was a high traffic area the ring had been kicked outside the area we were originally searching.  Adam was overjoyed to get his wedding band back where it belongs.

Lost Ring Lanikai Beach Oahu: Found!

  • from Honolulu (Hawaii, United States)

It began early Sunday morning with a referral phone call from another of the Ring Finders here on Oahu.  He had received multiple calls for lost items and could not possibly make them all in the same day.  He asked if I would take the call for a lost ring at Lanikai Beach on the east side of Oahu.  I was more than happy to and immediately called the client, Stewart, for the details to recover his lost wedding band.  Stewart explained that he had been tossing a football back and forth with his son on the shoreline.  Something felt wrong and he looked down at his left hand and immediately noticed that his wedding band was missing.  Yikes!  As soon as he had the opportunity to he did a bit of research and looked up TheRingFinders.com and gave us a call. Not knowing exactly where the ring went missing he knew about where within 30 yards or so.

I met Stewart on the beach about noon in the general area where he and his family had been relaxing and playing the day before.  Stewart placed me in the center of the general area of where he thought he had lost the ring ranging from knee deep water to the damp sand.  Being forever the gambler I asked him if he wanted me to start to the right or to begin my search.  Stewart said lets go left, so I faced left, turned on the metal detector and tuned it for the  sand conditions and started swing the coil.  Almost immediately I hear a solid BEEP! looking as the screen it says a solid target about 3 inches deep in the sand.  So I inserted the scoop gently into the wet sand and pulled it out.  Looking in the scoop I saw a gold colored circle and immediately asked: “Is this your ring?”  Stewart looked in the scoop smiled and said “You Found It!”.  He immediately took the ring and put it back in its rightful place on his left hand.  Any further visit to the beach the ring will be on a leash.  Although the search was a short one it was great that the missing ring was found and back where it belongs.  Aloha Stewart!

 

 

Lost iPhone X surprise – FOUND!!!

  • from Orange Beach (Alabama, United States)

It’s funny, sometimes you don’t even know you need the RingFinders but… the RingFinders find you.  😃 I was deep in the middle of trying to find Allan and Ami’s wedding band when I came across a great signal worth digging. When I pulled it up I saw that it was an iPhone in a lifeproof case and there was some sort of card holder on the back. I put it in my pack and finished finding Allan’s ring. When my wife and I left, I pulled out the cards to see if there was an id but there were only names on credit cards. My wife went into Facebook detective mode and looked at a few profiles. One girl looked promising but she was living in CA.  However, we saw on a public picture that she had recently done a Spartan run and that was the image on her phone case. 👍. I thought it appropriate to reach out via FB messenger. Victoria quickly replied back and said, “Omg!!! Did you find my phone with my cards?!”. To which I replied, “Haha , yes i did“. Too cool. Well the Rest is boring but to sum it up, I sent an iPhone X and some credit cards to California and Victoria was absolutely thrilled to get them. I think she was most shocked that I found it in deep water, buried 6-7 inches in the sand right where she lost it well over a week before.  I love being able to help people out with my hobby!  😃 Congrats Victoria!!!