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Lost Rings at the Beach – FOUND!!! – Pensacola

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

I’m late on posting this one but a few weeks ago I got a call from Chris and Heather. They had been enjoying one of our local beaches here in Pensacola looking for shells the day before when Heather’s rings came off of her hand. Unfortunately, this was both her engagement ring and her band together and they fell off somewhere on the beach in all that sand.  When Heather told me where they were I immediately headed out because I knew that it was a popular beach and I had to find them quickly. Chris sent me a google pin and when I got there something didn’t look right based on my conversation earlier with Heather. A quick phone call and some telephone detective work got me to where I thought they had been and I started my search. It wasn’t very many passes laying out grid lines until I looked over just a little outside where they thought the rings might be. I remembered them saying that they were looking for shells and I saw a little pile of broken shells. These were the kind that you might pick up and then discard later when you realized they were broken. I decided to walk that way and sure enough, moments later I had the rings in my scoop. I love it when people trust me enough to have me look for their rings even when they can’t be there. When I send them that initial picture and talk to them on the phone you can hear the pure happiness coming through the line. Congratulations Chris and Heather and thank you so much for trusting me to help you out. 😃💍

Lost Rings at Night! – Pensacola Beach – FOUND!

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

Well, I’m not sure if this counts as 2 rings or more but I am sure that Kelly and Bill are absolutely thrilled that I was able to put them back on her hands where they belong. Kelly and Bill have been married for 25 years and have been down vacationing from Michigan. Kelly folded her rings into her swimsuit early in the day for safekeeping and forgot they were there when she got up later to meet her sister. You can imagine her shock when she realized they were gone that evening. Kelly went ahead and called me even though it was nighttime and I’m glad she didn’t wait. Bill had gone out with a sand flea rake for fishing and combed the area already to no avail. I told him later that he had actually just made the rings go deeper and deeper every time he disturbed the sand because of the density of gold. Luckily for Kelly and Bill, I have a wonderful wife and even though we were at dinner 30 minutes away, she offered to ride with me and we immediately went home and grabbed my gear. I met Bill in the parking lot and he walked me down to the area he thought they had lost them. I could see all of the rake marks and I told Bill I would start my search there and then fan out if needed. I absolutely love night searches on the beach. It’s nice and cool and you can hear the waves over the hum of the machine in my headphones. You can enjoy the stars without bumping into sunbathers and it’s just a great time to enjoy what I do. I also knew that I had a very anxious couple waiting on the outcome so I was very glad that as I made my first pass I heard a faint gold sound. I was a little surprised at how deep it was even though I knew Bill had thoroughly raked the area. When my first gentle scoop to five inches came back empty I thought to myself that they were very lucky they called me and I had the machine that I was using. The second scoop was the charm and I reached down and dug the first ring out of the scoop to make sure I didn’t scratch it. When I saw that I had them both in the scoop, I smiled and handed them to Bill. With a shaky hand, he asked me to hold the light and he took a picture and sent it to Kelly in the room so she could stop worrying immediately. We walked back up and told my wife that I was already done in less than 10 minutes and Bill asked us both to come up and meet Kelly. When we walked in the door I was quickly reminded why I do this. Bill and Kelly both got choked up remembering how much those rings had been a part of over the last 25 years. I was glad that my wife got to witness that and I hope Bill and Kelly have many, many more happy years together. 👍😃

 

Lost Heirloom Gold Cross Recovered on Tunitas Creek Beach, Half Moon Bay, California 94019

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

It was William and best friend Irv’s, 4th trip back to Tunitas Creek Beach to look for his cross. It had belonged to his Lebanese uncle and been in the family for generations. Lost while playing football on the previous Saturday, the family treasure remained elusive after three searches, first in the dead of night with a $100 metal detector, and then two trips with a rented Whites. lack of experience detecting, and unfamiliarity with detectors themselves, left them frustrated and tired; so they decided to bring in a pro.

It’s a 20 minute hike to the beach through some rough brush and missing trail. There were people living there. It was a little spooky even in the daytime.  I was surprised  the boys had hiked it at night with only their cellphone lights.

But its worth the hike because Tunitas Creek has a really big beautiful white sandy beach, with big cliffs and verdant greenery around a small bay. They led me to an area out in the middle of that big white beach, where they thought they had been playing.

I stuck a stick in the ground as a point of reference and began a systematic grid search, dragging my feet in the sand in a 6′ wide lawnmower pattern. After 15 minutes, I was getting no signals , not even trash signals, as this remote beach, I happily discovered, is very clean.

So moments later, when my trusty Garrett AT-Pro went off with a solid gold hit, William got his cross back.

William and his faithful friend Irv, with his priceless family heirloom, on beautiful Tunitas Creek Beach, Half Moon Bay, CA.

Willam and Irv learned that sometimes it’s just smarter to call a pro, the sooner, the better!

SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact:  Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

 

Lost Keys Huntington Beach

from Carlsbad (California, United States)
Contact: 1-760-212-6588

Came to hunt with David from Maui. 5 mins and see people looking for something in the sand. Wow. I hand them my card and go get me detector.

10 min search and make the crowd cheer. I love detecting…

Lost keys in knee deep water

from Carlsbad (California, United States)
Contact: 1-760-212-6588

Today walkin down the beach detecting a lady asked, can u find keys in the water. How deep? She told me the story of droping them in her top.  Oh my,  thats not a key holder.. I asked if they were stranded or were gona stay awhile. She said no we are here for a while so I went detecting for one hour and came back.

Went and changed into shorts and marked off the area.  Started at knee deep and worked in.

About 10 min I got them, they were 6″ deep already cause sand is soft there.

Such a quick meet, hunt and return that I got a pic but cant remember her name.  Hope she checks later for the story and adds her name. Its a good day. Read the rest of this entry »

Lost Engagement and Wedding Ring playing Volleyball in the waters of Wasaga Beach 3, ON

from Brampton (Ontario, Canada)
Contact: 1-647-383-6891

Well, talk about pulling at my heart strings!!!

I was contacted via email by a frantic Trish P of Toronto.  Trish was totally overwhelmed and heartbroken because her boyfriend of 16 years finally proposed to her and where married last October!! This definitely pulled at my heart strings and I knew in my heart I could help her and those rings were just waiting for me to find them.

Trish was with her Family and Friends at Wasaga Beach #3. They were playing volleyball in 4 1/2′ to 5′ depth water 175′ from the shoreline when both her wedding ring and engagement ring flew off her finger. They spent the rest of the day searching for hours but could not find them. The next day a friend of her’s guided her to my ‘Metal Detecting for Charity” Facebook page for finding lost rings. I was actually detecting at Wasaga Beach #1 and asked her to head up form Toronto as the sooner I start detecting the area they were lost the better chances I had in finding them. Trish had said she said “I felt it was a needle in a haystack and she didn’t know metal detectors could go in water”. I told her to BREATHE and head on up when she could.

3 hours later I met up will her and her husband Gary (alias Spongebob…little inside joke as I couldn’t remember his name). We walked all the way down to Beach #3 not realize how long it would take. I spent approximately 1 1/2 hours in the water with Trish with no luck. Walking back to shore I got a hit. Unfortunately, it was a men’s wedding ring. My heart sank but I was happy that I had recovered another ring. I told her I was coming back up all weekend dog/house sitting and would not stop searching for it till I found it. Well attempt #2 was in 5′ to 6’ foot waves….CRAZY. I was tossed around and learn just how stubborn I was. Onto the 3rd attempt the following day and again NO LUCK!

The end of July and I headed back up to Wasaga for my 4th attempt. Trish and Gary where also coming up to Beach #1 with Friends. I started that morning with a Prayer to the water Gods, Detecting Gods, Guardian Angels for some Faith, Hope and Luck finding Trish’s stunning rings….I had been in the water at 9:30am and around 2:00pm and thought a couple more grid passes and I’m heading back to get some food and water. An incredible low strong tone…I haven’t heard before had my heart pumping. First scoop out…there was Trish’s WEDDING BAND full of beautiful little diamonds!! I freaked…and then decided a circular grid around this location. 3 minutes later BAM!! The same low strong tone. My heart was racing. First scoop….nothing. 2nd scoop …YIPPPEEEE….there was her ENGAGEMENT RING!! I started to cry and gave thanks to the Gods. I was shaking like a leaf.

I raced backed to shore line beaming from ear to ear and the ladies beside me asked “Did you find anything”…I was overjoyed to show them that I found Trish’s ring set. They were amazed. I quickly called…and texted Trish..leaving messages to see where she was at. I had just been notified on the Friday by Chris Turner the I was Officially accepted to “The Ring Finders” and was super stoked. Chris had suggested when recovering a ring…try to surprise the client.

Sure enough I caught up to Trish and 2 girlfriends as I made up that I was taking a break, stretching my legs and getting food and a hot Tim Horton’s coffee. I had already eaten my TimBits and decided to put the rings in the little bag…..my plotting was starting. I asked to walk over to say hi to Gary to stretch my legs….and then proceeded to ask to do a short little live interview. THEY HAD NO IDEA I FOUND BOTH RINGS!! So slowly getting into the interview and then I couldn’t wait any longer to say…”Oh by the way, I have something for you”…Trish’s JAW DROP with the words “OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD…ARE YOU KIDDING ME” there in the TimBit bag were both her incredible 1.7 carat matching wedding/engagement ring set. P-R-I-C-E-L-E-S-S!!! I will never ever forget that moment!! EVER!! not to mention her girlfriends were crying in happiness.

Video of live FB beach interview and the EXCELLENT surprise: https://youtu.be/VT9r-Hkomrk

I still watch the video as it has become my most favourite ring recovery & return!! Trish and Gary made an extremely generous donation to the Charity I snowmobile for… “The Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation” helping men & woman with the financial burden fighting breast cancer!! I am very grateful and proud for this opportunity and also meeting such nice people!! ZOOWEEMAMA~~~

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Lost Gold Rings at Seaside State Park, Waterford CT… Found!

from Stonington (Connecticut, United States)
Contact: 1-252-775-1307

Two gold rings slipped off a necklace while a young lady was playing in the water with friends. The rings were her grandmother’s engagement ring and wedding band representing almost 50 years of marriage. The young lady realized the rings were lost to the ocean when the necklace containing the rings was unclasped and freely draped across her shoulders. She thought the rings were  lost forever.

A month went by and the young lady had given up hope on the rings… Until a resident who lives next to Seaside saw me in the local paper and referred my services. After receiving an initial text message from the young lady I arrived at Seaside during the next low tide. A couple of phone calls and photo exchanges later we determined I was in the location where the rings were lost. Only a couple of minutes into the search I got my first promising signal from my XP Deus. I dipped my scoop into the waist deep water and dug into the sand. Just moments later there was beautiful sight of gold and diamonds mixed in with the shells and rocks. It was the engagement ring! With the very next scoop the wedding band was retrieved and the pair of rings were no longer lost to the ocean!

Check out the video of the rings being returned!

 

 

Media Mentions:

http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/the-lost-jewelry-hunters

http://www.wfsb.com//Clip/12684346/mans-missing-wedding-ring-found-at-waterford-beach#.V7693rpuG4k.email

http://www.theday.com/local/20160823/with-stroke-of-luck-waterford-resident-gets-his-ring-back

http://patch.com/connecticut/waterford/widower-embraces-man-after-finding-treasured-wedding-band-waterford-beach

 

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Ring lost in 2014, reurned a year later

from Carlsbad (California, United States)
Contact: 1-760-212-6588

On another Leak Detection I meet a man, Ray Sharpe. He is at his daughters house to help with a leak in her main water service. As we talk and he see’s my RingFinders lic plate frame he tells me he wished he met me last year, I ask why’s that ? He shows me his hand without a ring on it. 47 yrs he tells me he wore his wedding ring that was made for him. So I ask where did you lose it. He tells me the story of diggin at the beach with his grandson and comin home with no RING. He bought a detector and tried to find the ring with no luck and gave up. So now knowing where it was lost, I ask what does it look like and I’ll put it out to all the guys. As soon as he says, 4 dimonds going left and 4 dimonds goin right, my head drops. Ok get a piece of papper and draw it for me. (I knew I had it already) I told him I might have it, Watch my tools and I’ll run home and be right back. As I get in the van to leave his daughter comes to my van and asked if I really think I have it. I scroll thru my pics and bring it up. THATS IT. OMG. I must say this was a special ring the min I dug it while lookin for a lost Plat ring for someone else. (Found too)
It had my lucky number ( 8 ) dimonds on it but it had something more. A feeling I have never had in 20 yrs of detecting. I posted the find on CL but no body claimed. It became my SPECIAL RING, I wore it on special days.
As I pull in their driveway with ring in hand I know why this is
(was) so special.
I walk up to Ray as he holds out his hand and drop his special ring in his hand. At this point I dont remember all that was said and dont really care. I know this cannot be topped in my lifetime
and I am thankfull to be a part in this story. I made a friend.
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