lost ring Batemans Bay Tag | The Ring Finders

Fire and Ice. Lost Ruby and Diamond Ring Found.

from Batemans Bay (Australia)

I had spent the weekend celebrating a close friends Golden Wedding Anniversary in Sydney and so I didn’t pick up on a message sent to me from Vicki on the 19th of January. Apparently, her friend Nadia, had been visiting the beautiful Eurobodalla south coast of NSW, and whilst swimming at McKenzie’s Beach on the 17th had lost her beautiful Ruby and Diamond Engagement Ring in the surf.

Nadia lives a couple of hours away from Batemans Bay and had returned home so the only way I could get location instructions was over the phone. I am always concerned about this because when people say left or right of a land mark, I need to clarify the direction they are looking. Anyway after the call I said I would have a look on McKenzie’s Beach at the first opportunity. Nadia had told me that she had been knocked over by a wave and lost the ring in the surf whilst trying to regain balance, so I decided to search at low tide.

I arrived at the beach at about an hour before low tide only to be met with a pretty good surf rolling in. McKenzie’s is not a very big beach and is in the shape of a horseshoe. Because of the amount of surf that comes in on this beach, it has a gutter that runs parallel to the shore and a rip that runs out to sea at the southern end. The gutter was running like a river, and so detecting in this area was very difficult. After three hours and with a rising tide I decided to call it a day.

I kept an eye on the surf for the rest of the week, and so on Friday 27th (a full 10 days after the ring was lost), I ventured off again. This time the surf was about half the height of the previous time. And after about an hour of looking for the lost ring, and finding pull tabs from aluminium cans, BINGO!!!! What can I say it is the most beautiful engagement ring, with a blood red Ruby flanked by two stunning Diamonds. 

I have just got back from meeting Nadia and her husband as they have travelled down for the weekend. Seeing the joy on Nadia’s face when I handed over the ring is what this is all about.

Lost Wedding Ring, Batemans Bay, Australia

from Batemans Bay (Australia)

I received an email during the week from a man who had lost his wedding ring whilst tidying the bush block around his house. He had hired a metal detector from a local store but with limited knowledge of how it worked he had spent some hours trying to locate it but to no avail. I agreed to go and do a search for him on the weekend when he would be there and so when the day arrived I turned up to see if I could find it. The search area was fairly large (around one hectare) as he couldn’t recall the exact location that he had lost it, or even if he had lost it when he had visited town. The ring is a bi-metal white and yellow gold band that had been custom made by a local jeweler some years ago. The jeweler had since passed away, so there was no way of having a replacement made. rescueFB

After about 45 mins and using trees as a grid reference I received a great signal amongst all the trash and there it was hiding in the leaf litter.

What a great feeling to be able to reunite a precious item with it’s owner, plus today just happened to be their wedding anniversary. Woohoo.rescue 2FB