Christina McCree – Ring Finder/Metal Detectorist for northern Alabama and southern/middle Tennessee…call or text ASAP, anytime 24/7…610-504-6135
Sunday evening (June 18, 2023), I received a call from Sam and Jon. Sam explained that the day prior she had lost her white gold wedding ring in a lake in Nashville, Tennessee. This was actually 3 rings — the engagement ring soldered between 2 wedding bands. Sam was trying to save her dog from drowning (dog is doing great) and the wedding ring set slipped off her finger in about 2 feet of water. I was off from work the next day, so we arranged a search for Monday morning.
I met Sam and Jon at the lake around 10 am on Monday. We were in-between rain showers, but the sky was clear at the moment. I began searching with my Minelab Equinox 800 with the 10×5 Coiltek coil. The lake bottom was very rocky (both large and small rocks), so the smaller coil allowed me to get into the tighter spaces. I searched the main area where Sam thought she fell for about an hour. I only found a fishing lure and some junk metal.
I asked Jon where he thought Sam fell at. Both Jon and Sam walked over to the shoreline where he was standing when it happened. I was detecting closer to the shoreline and caught a glimpse of something shiny. I put my goggles on and dipped my face into the water. Sure enough, it was Sam’s wedding ring set! I picked it up and cupped it in my hand. I stood up and Jon said, “I think Sam fell right where you’re standing at”. I asked Sam if she thought this was the right area and she wasn’t sure. I then said, “I think we need to call it a day and head home.” Both Sam and Jon looked puzzled. I then said, “because, I just found it!” They said, “no way!” I held up the ring for them to see and they were both so happy and relieved. I really love this part of the search! I walked over to them and handed Sam the ring. She was so happy to have it back! We all gave each other a high five and took some photos. It had just started raining, so that was perfect timing.
Sam was standing much closer to the shoreline than she remembered, but she was also in a panic with her dog. I’ve learned that our memories can be a bit off, but we just have to keep expanding our grid search area. In the end, it doesn’t matter how long it takes, I’m just happy we found it and it’s back where it belongs.
We enjoyed a nice chat on our walk back to the parking lot. They thanked me again for my efforts and we parted ways. Another happy ending! I thank God for another successful recovery and safe trip home. Looking forward to the next adventure…