I was just doing a casual beach detect at a very small, unassuming patch of sand tucked away on Whangarei Harbour in New Zealand. It is the sort of place that would struggle to have 20 people squeezed into it on a busy summer day.
After I had been detecting for maybe thirty minutes, a beach-goer wandered up and asked if I would be able to find his wifes ring. Quick background of, “It fell off her hand outside the car as we turned at a junction, six months ago – I saw it rolling across the road”. This was a new scenario for me!
I said I’d give it a go.
Packed up and followed the gentleman to the scene. I was envisaging a sea of can pull tabs, the usual metal detritus that litters the roadside, and possibly a flat and chewed ring.
When we got there, I didn’t have my usual high vis gear with me, so it was a very cautious operation to ensure neither I or the detector got clipped by a passing wing mirror as I nosed the coil in and out of the undergrowth and leaf litter. My helper made life easier by shifting all the crushed cans and foil packets he could – But there were plenty of scraps left for me! After four to five minutes and another crumpled up bit of foil, I got a hint of a clean tone under one of the plants. I couldn’t get the beach coil in properly, so scuffed the leaf litter out into the open, and left behind, lying in the dirt was his Precious.
Happy faces all round back at the beach! A quick pose for a photo, and I went back to where I left off twenty minutes earlier.
The beach smiled kindly on my good deed and gave me an old and ornate silver ring shortly after – This would have been lost well before there were RingFinders to save the day!
Jan 14th, 2018
I came across a plea on social media about a gold ring lost in the surf at Ruakaka. The beach is open to the ocean, has a reasonable longshore current and while conditions had been calm, sand is always moving… and rings are always sinking.
While it was outside my normal maximum travel range, the backstory to the ring put a successful recovery and return at the top of my priorities. Even if I took a financial loss, I was going to do my utmost to find and return this ring!
The ring had been lost for just over two days by the time I got there. Family efforts with a borrowed metal detector the previous day had drawn a blank.
The gentleman concerned turned up, and after a brief discussion, he duly marked out the boundaries in the sand, I waded in and got to work. It was hard graft with a big coil, although after digging a fishing weight from over a foot down, I knew if the ring could be found, it would be found.
Two hours later, I got a nice solid tone. It was so beautifully clear and smooth, it could only be gold. I listened to it again and again, knowing what it was. I had to pause as a largish wave passed, then went after it.
In the scoop was a whole heap of smiles 🙂
Some rings are worth far, far more than their weight in gold.
Jan 2nd, 2018
Hot on the heels of my first ring recovery for this summer, I finally managed to track down the owner of a ring I found mid-2017.
It had been returned from Police Found Property, although the fact it had an unusual name engraved inside made me want to try and find the owner myself.
Seven months of lurking around the internet and multiple dead ends later (including one opportunist who had a good go at claiming it!) I finally found them.
They live in Chile and lost it while on holiday, so not surprising the New Zealand Police had no luck.
No photo, but I’ll let the Facebook dialog tell the rest.
This reunion made me realise how many tourists leave their rings behind in NZ, purely because they don’t know who to ask for help.
And so I joined The RingFinders.
I received a call from John asking for my help recovering his wedding band he had lost the day before while on the beach. I had recovered a friend of his wedding band a few years back that was lost in the ocean in Long beach Island,NJ so he figured he’d give me a try? I arrived at the location where we had made arrangements at the private beach club to search the area where the ring was lost. I marked off the area and began my grid search waiting for John to arrive. After a few minutes of digging coins & trash John arrived and confirmed that I was in the right area but could probably shrink it down some more then what I had marked out. I told him I like to think outside the box and decided to just keep the search area the size I had chose since he told me that he moved his beach chair a few times throughout the day. About 20 minutes later there was his ring in my scoop! I called out to John and held his ring up! He was just amazed that i had found it and that was found just outside the area where he thought it was lost in so was glad I chose to go bigger. He was very excited and grateful for my service and looked forward to telling his wife the great news! Another great day of the beach! Recovery #102
While metal detecting on the beach on the after the 4th of July fireworks I found an iPhone laying in the sand. After returning to my car a few hours later I noticed there were a few missed calls from the same number on the phones display. Unable to use or answer the calls on that phone since it was locked with a passcode I texted the numbers with my phone explaining I had found this phone on the beach and to please call me so I could return it to the owner. About an hour later I received a call from the owners son who explained that it was his moms phone and she had lost it on the beach earlier that night and she was so upset that she lost it and it was just days old. She was extremely happy for its return and my willingness to try and find the owner.
I received an email from Paul who explained to me that he had lost a gold chain and pendant at the beach while swimming with his daughters. He further explained that it was a gift to him from his father 20 years ago and it meant alot to him. He stated that his father was a jeweler and that his brother is also and that they were aware of the scrap gold value of the item since it weighed between 2-3 ounces of 18k gold and that he wanted to hire me to find it and offered me the scrap gold value and possibly get the chain back instead of someone else just finding it and selling it for scrap because it meant more to him. I accepted his offer and got the information as to the area,time and tide to the time of the loss the previous day. realizing that only one tide had passed since the loss I arrived on the beach in front of the lifeguard stand at the next lowtide and began my seach asap. This being an area by the boardwalk that is heavily hunted by other detectorists I could only pray it was still there. Using my Whites Beach hunter id 300 I began finding coins and other junk items in the wet sand when I got the midtone signal I was looking for and took a scoop of sand and dumped it to reveal a large heavy(62.7 grams of 18k) gold chain laying in the sand Wow! Inspecting the pendant I realized that it was infact the chain and mountain pendant lost by Paul the day before while swimming. I called Paul with the great news and we met later in the week for the return. He was extremely happy to see the necklace when I gave it back to him.