White Gold Engagement Ring Lost at Petone Beach, Wellington, New Zealand
Jane had been playing catch in waist deep water at Petone Beach, Wellington. She fell, touched the bottom and as she came up a wave hit her and she felt her engagement ring slip off her finger.
Her partner helped her search but the ring had disappeared.
I arrived the following day and her partner put me in the area where they thought the the ring had come off. I searched for about 3 hours as the tide went out. I tried various detectors but couldn’t find the ring. Surprisingly the sand was reasonably clean and I pulled every signal that I hit.
I returned a couple of days later and settled on my Garrett Sea Hunter PI. I extended the area and grid searched as finely as I could. Four hours later and the tide getting higher I rang Jane and gave her the bad news that I couldn’t find it.
I was gutted, knowing that it was out there somewhere and I had missed it. A couple of days later I rang Jane and told her I would have another go at finding it. Jane waded out in the cool water with me and showed me where she thought they were. This was pretty much the same as where her partner put me on the first day. I put a pole in the sand as a marker and did concentric circles until I was at a 10 metre radius. With the time coming up to 3 hours in the water I decided to start searching parallel to the beach. After 3 lines, and at the right depth, I got another good signal. I couldn’t believe it when Jane’s beautiful white gold and diamond ring popped up from just under the surface.
I was able to return the ring to Jane at her work which was only a few minutes away. Couldn’t get a photo of her at work but I can assure you the smile was worth all the hard work.