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Lost FDNY Retirement Ring… Found!

from Santa Catalina Island (California, United States)
Contact: 1-910-835-6350

I received the following email from Liam:

“Hi Justin I just discovered your website. My dad could use a hand ASAP he lost his FDNY retirement ring he’s been wearing for the past 15 years. He’s here on vacation for his 60th birthday. We know the exact location. It fell off his finger about 8 hours ago. The tide might have moved it but he thinks it’s in this shallow patch of sand. He searched three hours till caving in.”

Liam’s father Tom is a retired New York City Fire Department Lieutenant who received this ring from his men upon retirement. I arrived at the search site in Kahala at about 5PM. The search area was about 50’×20’ and was enclosed by reefs on the east and south sides. Tom’s ring slipped off his finger while taking a leisurely dip in the water. The water was averaging about 3ft deep with some current and wave action. I started searching the back edge of the search area and gradually worked my way in towards shore.

About 30 minutes into the search, I received a faint low tone about 10ft from shore in 3’ of water. I made a scoop then sifted out the sand and saw a pulltab which was about 6” deep. I made another scan and found that there was still something in the hole. I made a second scoop and found Tom’s retirement ring!

 

 

 

Lost Engagement Ring at White Plains… Found!

from Santa Catalina Island (California, United States)
Contact: 1-910-835-6350

Sunday, January 19, 2014:

I received a call this evening at around 7:30 PM about a lost engagement ring at White Plains Beach Park. Jay and Casey searched for Casey’s lost engagement ring for about an hour. Casey removed her ring and placed it in her shorts pocket prior to going for a swim in the ocean. When she got out of the water, she picked up her shorts which were laying on the dry sand, walked to the showers, and then to the parking lot. That was when Casey realized that her ring was missing.

I arrived at White Plains Beach Park at around 7:50 PM. I didn’t bring my Pulse Induction machine because I figured there would be a lot of trash so I brought the Excalibur II instead. I started with a grid search from the grass line all the way down to about 10ft from the wet sand. I found almost $2 in coins along with a ton of aluminum foil and pulltabs. After searching the entire beach area, roughly 150’x100′, I proceeded to search the grassy area between the beach and the parking lot. A couple of people, to include Casey, were helping me search the area with flashlights. I only brought my cell phone light so they were a huge help! I received a lot of hits though it was difficult to distinguish between surface and subsurface targets so we stayed in that area for about an hour to make sure that we didn’t accidentally miss the ring.

After completing my search of the grassy area, the only other place that I hadn’t searched was the parking lot which was completely flat with nothing to conceal a ring. Seeing the heartbreaking look on Casey’s face, I decided to go back to the beach to search. I hoped that her ring was outside of the area I covered. I searched about 20 feet to the east of my original search grid with no luck. At that point I felt that I should search the wet sand even though it was way out of the search area.

Three hours into the search, while detecting in the wet sand, I received a very faint tone along with the sound of a quarter. I almost missed that faint tone which turned out to be Casey’s white gold engagement ring which was buried about 6 inches down in the wet sand, next to a quarter.

Lost Engagement Ring at Sunset Beach… Found!

from Santa Catalina Island (California, United States)
Contact: 1-910-835-6350

February 10, 2014:

I received an email from Gina this afternoon. She requested my help with searching for her lost platinum engagement ring which fell into the soft sand at Sunset Beach, on the North Shore of Oahu. Two rings were actually lost- Gina’s engagement ring and wedding ring. Gina found her wedding ring within 10 minutes of searching by hand but she couldn’t locate her engagement ring. When I called Gina, she was on the other line with a metal detector rental shop in Waikiki. I told her that I was available to help and would be there within a few hours.

It was a nice day so I took the Harley with my White’s Surf PI metal detector packed in my backpack. I didn’t take the Excalibur II because I knew the beach would be pretty clean and figured I might need the extra depth for this search. I met up with Gina at Sunset Beach and we discussed where she thought the ring might have fell into the sand. I began my grid search and didn’t find any targets for the first 20 minutes. About 45 minutes into the search I had 6 bottle caps, 1 penny, 1 bracelet, and a couple pulltabs in my pocket. Gina reviewed the pictures she took earlier in the day and took new ones to make a comparison. This narrowed down my search area quite a bit and within minutes I got a very faint and broken signal. I thought it was junk at first but kept digging anyway. I saw the outline of a ring and was praying that it wasn’t another pulltab… then I saw the diamond! Gina’s ring was about 12″ deep. Someone must have stepped on the ring to push it that deep.

I’ll never forget the moment when I reunited Gina with her ring. There were hugs, tears, high fives, and applause. This is the reason why I love helping people find their lost rings. These moments are reward enough for me.

 

Lost Gold Wedding Band… Found!

from Santa Catalina Island (California, United States)
Contact: 1-910-835-6350

Monday September 22, 2014:
I received an email from Katrina:
“Hi Justin,
We just found your website and hope that you might be able to help us. My husband lost his wedding ring on Waikiki beach yesterday around 11am. He was swimming in to shore and got washed in by a wave, he put his hands down to stop himself from going face first into the sand and when he came up didn’t have his ring. Only problem is he didn’t realize till after he was back up on the beach and by the time he went back down to the water it was nowhere to be seen. He was swimming right out front of Moana Surf Rider so there was a lot of people around and not sure if it might already be found by someone else. It was a plain 8mm thick white gold band with no inscriptions on it.
We are here visiting from Australia and it was our first anniversary yesterday (can’t believe he made it a whole year without losing it!) and while it is insured, if there is any chance of getting his ring back it is worth a try given the sentimental nature.
If you are able to help at all we would be so grateful.”
Tuesday, September 23rd:
I met up with Craig (Katrina’s husband) in front of the Moana Surf Rider hotel at about 3:40pm. The tide was high and the water was very cloudy with visibility at zero. To make matters worse, my travel scoop fell out of my backpack while riding down to Waikiki on my Harley. I had to improvise by using a fish net, a chicken-wire sand sifter, and a bucket!
Craig explained how he lost his ring. The area where he dug his hands into the sand was in front of the strong shorebreak. During high tide, that area is pummeled by the waves which creates a strong undertow sucking everything near the surface out to sea. There was a lot of sand movement so I figured that Craig’s ring was pulled out. Katrina met us at the beach shortly after.
I started my search in the water at the first drop-off (trough) with my Excalibur 2 metal detector. The waves were head high at times and the current was strong. It was difficult to stay in one spot as the ocean was pushing me around with every wave. There were a lot of broken coral pieces and jagged rocks mixed in with the sand which were rough on my feet. Over the next hour I managed to find a few objects but no ring. I had the hardest time trying to scoop sand with the fish net in head high waves. Craig, Katrina and their daughter were gracious enough to help me out by holding the sifter and helping me with the fish net.
My friend Mike stopped by at around 7pm to help me out. The tide was going down which made conditions a lot better except that we couldn’t see much. He brought an extra scoop which was awesome since my scoop was probably somewhere on the highway. Mike brought his Aquasearch PI metal detector. We started searching and spent the next 3 hours combing the area. We covered an area of approximately 350sqft, which included the dry sand, wet sand, and about 10ft out into the water. Mike found some deep objects at 10+ inches along with some other items closer to the surface. I found a pair of sunglasses and a few coins but no ring.
By the time we were done searching at about 10pm, I was exhausted and my feet were cut up and bloody from the coral and rocks.
Friday, September 26th:
Thanks to Mike, I was able to eliminate a large area and was able to focus my search in deeper water. I arrived at the Moana Surf Rider at around 6:45pm after being stuck in traffic for over 2 ½ hours. I met a couple who wanted me to search for their ring outside of the Royal Hawaiian hotel. I helped them for a little over an hour then went to search for Craig’s ring. By this time it was after 8pm and the water was still rough but the tide was going down. I started in about 5-6 ft of water. In some areas I had to jump off the sea floor to keep my head above water. I was searching for only about 15 minutes when I got a solid hit. It was my first target of the night. I dug into the sand with my scoop and didn’t pull up anything. I dug a little deeper to about 6 inches and checked my scoop. The lights from all the hotels illuminated that area enough to where I was able to see something shiny at the bottom of my scoop. It was Craig’s white gold ring!

Lost Engagement and Wedding Rings at Velzyland… Found!

from Santa Catalina Island (California, United States)
Contact: 1-910-835-6350

October 5, 2015:

I received a call from Joy around 5pm yesterday, Sunday October 4th. She needed my help with finding her platinum and diamond engagement and wedding rings which were lost at around 2 PM while at the Velzyland beach with her husband Ben. Joy placed her rings inside of Ben’s snorkel mask to apply sunscreen lotion. They both walked down to the ocean, got in, then started cleaning out the mask without realizing that the rings were in the mask. They were both unsure if the rings fell out of the mask while walking down to the ocean or in the ocean.

I arrived at Velzyland beach at around 6 PM. Joy and Ben walked me down to the beach and showed me where they were sitting and also the path they took to walk down to the ocean. I started my search on the beach along the path but turned up nothing.

I moved my search into the water. The water was clear and calm. About an hour in, I picked up a strong signal. The water was about 2-3 feet deep. I dug in, pulled up my scoop and saw Joy’s diamond wedding band at the bottom! About 3 feet from the wedding band I detected another strong signal. It was Joy’s engagement ring!

I returned to shore and nonchalantly walked over to where Ben was laying in the sand. I told him that he should be the one giving Joy her rings back and that’s when I showed him what I found. He was very excited and immediately made his way over to where Joy was sitting. Ben placed the rings back on Joy’s finger just in time for their honeymoon to Kauai!

 

Lost Engagement Ring at Jordan Lake… Found!

from Santa Catalina Island (California, United States)
Contact: 1-910-835-6350

 

Monday June 20, 2015:

   I received a call from Sarah this morning. Sarah asked if I could help find her white gold diamond engagement ring which was lost on Friday June 17th, in about 4’ of water at Jordan Lake. She explained how the ring was lost while playing in the water with her family and that she actually watched her ring slip off her finger into the murky water. Sarah found a pair of swimming goggles on shore and tried searching for her ring to no avail. After a couple hours of searching, they were forced off the beach by an incoming thunderstorm.

   I arrived at Jordan Lake around 1pm and met up with Sarah and her husband Dillon. Sarah contacted the park rangers and arranged for me to search prior to me showing up. That was extremely helpful as metal detecting is prohibited in the area. We walked down to the beach and I began my search in about 4’ of water. The visibility was about 6”. The bottom was a mixture of sand and silt which created blackout conditions in the water whenever the bottom was disturbed. About 40 minutes into the search, I received the very familiar sound of gold. I dug my scoop into the sandy bottom and pulled out Sarah’s beautiful white gold and diamond engagement ring. I handed it off to Dillon who was with me in the water. He motioned to Sarah that we found it and as you can see from the photos, she was very happy to be reunited with something she thought was lost forever.

 

 

 

 

 

Lost 2ct Tiffany Diamond Engagement Ring… Found!

from Santa Catalina Island (California, United States)
Contact: 1-910-835-6350

Saturday March 16, 2013:

I was contacted by Steve on Saturday, March 16 at around 7 PM. He asked me to help find his wife’s 2-Ct Tiffany Platinum and Diamond engagement ring which was lost at the Kaneohe Bay sandbar. The ring slipped off of Marie’s finger while she was catching a ball that was thrown to her without warning.

Sunday March 17, 2013:

I met Steve and Marie at the marina at around 10:00AM. After hearing the story of Marie’s lost engagement ring, the marina’s manager Christopher was kind enough to allow us to hitch a ride to the sandbar on their safety boat. I grabbed my gear and jumped into the safety boat and headed to the sandbar. The trip took about 10 minutes. The sandbar was congested with about 20 boats anchored. The water was approximately ankle-deep and glassy. The water depth increased and the waves started to roll in over the next 3 hours. No ring found.

Sunday March 24, 2013:

Marie and Steve had already left Oahu to go back home to Mississippi. I arranged to have the safety boat take me back out to the sandbar to continue the search. It was drizzling during the boat ride out to the sandbar and over the next 2 hours the weather got really bad. At the sandbar, the drizzle turned into a downpour, the wind picked up, the water level rose by 2’ and the waves were about 1’. We decided to head back to shore.

Saturday March 30, 2013:

Three weeks after Marie’s ring was lost, my friend Preston and his girlfriend took me out to the sandbar using a boat that we rented from the Kaneohe Bay marina. We went out to the sandbar to search for Marie’s lost ring but also to wind down from work and have some fun. There were only a handful of boat anchored. There were storm clouds on the horizon but they were at least a couple hours away. The negative tide completely exposed the sandbar which is normally covered by a few feet of water. About five minutes into my search my Excalibur II gave a strong, low growl. After three weeks of searching, I finally recovered Marie’s ring. I immediately phoned Marie to give her the good news. It was a great reaction as everyone thought that it was gone forever. Everybody on the boat was just as excited as Marie. We spent the next three hours having fun and boating around the bay. As soon as we got back into town, we found the nearest FedEx store and shipped the ring to Marie via 2nd day air. Here she is with her ring safely back on her finger.

Lost Gold Ring w/ 3 Carat Diamond… Found!

from Santa Catalina Island (California, United States)
Contact: 1-910-835-6350

 

Sunday, August 12, 2012:

I received a call from Matt who stated that his mother Joan lost her ring in the water off of the Outrigger Waikiki. I met Matt and Joan a couple hours later on the beach fronting Duke’s Waikiki, right around 3pm. I was planning on going diving for the ring since it was initially thought to be in 5’ of water. The water was very murky due to the turbulence from the rotor-wash of the catamarans that pull up to the beach. I wasn’t able to see a foot in front of me so I put my diving gear away and donned a weight belt to keep me stable in the rough surf. The ring was thought to be about 30’ offshore. I tried to mark a grid as best as possible but I was constantly getting pushed off a meter or so by the waves which were at some points over head high. The turbulence is really what made the search take so long. After searching an area about 200sqft, I moved towards the shoreline. Fast forward a few hours, just as Joan had lost all hope and motioned for us to come back in, I got a solid reading on my metal detector. I was in about 4’ of water and about 30’ from where Joan felt her ring leave her finger. After about 5 hours of searching, Joan’s 3-carat diamond solitaire was finally reunited to its owner. 

Cave Diving for a Lost Ring

from Santa Catalina Island (California, United States)
Contact: 1-910-835-6350

Tuesday, September 26:
I received a call from Mike last Tuesday evening about a lost ring at Shark’s Cove. He and his friends were free diving through some underwater caves for about two hours on Tuesday morning with no issues. The last cave dive of the day was an underwater cave 30 feet deep and approximately 40 feet long. Mike felt that he could no longer hold his breath about halfway through the cave. In a state of panic, he stopped swimming forward and became positively buoyant. Mike was forced into the cave ceiling and was pinned underwater. When he came to his senses, he pushed off the ceiling and that’s when he thought his gold wedding band slipped off into the deep sand. As he was already out of breath with about 20 more feet of cave to go, he didn’t bother trying to find the ring and instead swam as quickly as he could out of the cave and to the surface. There was a small skylight in the cave ceiling about 10 feet from the cave exit which Mike was able to squeeze through. He says it probably made the difference between reaching the surface and drowning.
When Mike got to the surface, he told his friends about his lost wedding band. They all made multiple attempts to search for it with no luck. At that point everyone was tired and didn’t have it in them to hold their breath long enough to search for the lost wedding band. That’s when Mike called me.

Saturday, September 27:
I arrived at Sharks Cove at 8:30am. I was with Mike and my buddy who wanted to do some cave diving and agreed to be my cameraman and safety diver just in case I succumbed to shallow water blackout. I couldn’t use SCUBA because of the tight fit in the cave. I didn’t want to risk getting my hoses snagged by coral or on the cave walls. As I am an experienced cave diver and can hold my breath for a long time, I felt more comfortable without SCUBA in this situation. It took about 10 minutes to swim out to the spot where Mike lost his ring. My first dive was just a practice run. I needed to make sure that there were no obstructions or other hazards in the cave. I decided to start at the cave exit since Mike didn’t know for sure where his ring slipped off. I dove down with my Excalibur II w/SCUBA shaft and searched about 10ft into the cave. I was directly underneath the skylight that Mike used to exit the cave when my detector sounded off with a low growl. I was nearly out of breath from the excitement so I exited the cave through the skylight and handed my detector off to Mike. I then dove down to retrieve the object. I fanned the sand away and saw it buried 5 inches down in a sand wave. It was Mike’s gold ring! Mike was very happy to get his ring back but I held onto it for the rest of the dive at his request. We spent the rest of the morning diving through the caves.

 

 

 

 

 

2 Recoveries In One Day

from Sea Isle City (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-609-868--6988

A stellar day with my ring recovery mentor Edward Cropski. I got a call from a crying woman who lost her ring in the surf in Atlantic City. Then a few minutes later I got a call by a man who lost his wedding band in Brigantine. Ed and I went to Brigantine first. When Ed turned his machine on, the ring was right under his coil! Needless to say the family was much appreciative. Then off to AC we went. After about a little over an hour my Foxy Noxy gave me a solid 10 signal. Bam! There was the ring. When I brought it to her she began to cry tears of joy. Probably my best find to date. It’s very satisfying to return an heirloom when someone thinks it’s gone forever!!!

This is my official 4th and 5th recovery. I have just retired from 25 yrs of Law Enforcement service and can dedicate my time to doing recoveries.