Monday it was raining, with lightning and thunder. My iPhone rang. The lady was saying that she had lost her engagement ring on the beach. I asked her if it was in the water…she said no. I told her that we had a great chance of finding the ring, but we should try to go out after the storm even if it is dark. I told her that I would call her in 30 minutes.
I called her and the storm had move off to the south and east. I met Regina and her friend Susan at the beach access. As they led me to the beach, I fired up the XP detector. As we got closer, they said they thought we were at the area…but something was wrong; things looked different after the rain, and they were not 100% sure.
As a beautiful rainbow appeared to the south, Regina gave me a starting point and I began doing sweeps. When I was about halfway through my second sweep, Regina told me there was a second ring, not as important or expensive. It was her late husband’s wedding band. I thought, we must find these. I said, “So if I find one, I should find the other.”
I was in my third or forth sweep finding nothing but bottle caps when I got a solid sounding target. I thought it could be the ring but I expected a lower number. There it was! In the scoop! Even though it was getting darker, the diamonds sparkled, and the turquois stone glistened.
I held the stone up to show the ladies who had ventured off to the south. Regina saw it and immediately began crying as I gave it to her. One more simple sweep and I dug the other ring out with my toe. Hugs, tears…another person recovered happy beyond belief!
We found two rings at the end of the rainbow!
I got a Facebook message at 8:45 pm. I did not see it until the next day. The message read: “Please help friends at Kitty Hawk. He thinks he misplaced his watch at the beach just above the tide mark. (Soft sand) Swiss Army Men’s Officer’s dress watch. His wife has a matching one only smaller. (Very sentimental)
I called and talked with Sally. She told me that they were leaving today at 10am. I met them at the site after 7:30am.
I started the XP up at the water’s edge (as usual) and worked toward the cottage. Only a few hits but no watch. Bill was very meticulous. Yesterday, when the watch turned up missing, he had recorded directional heading from the cottage to where they had been on the beach. From that he was able to mark a 30-yard search area near the water. Yet, no watch!
I continued up over the dune along the walk path. Bill had mentioned previously mentioned that they had a bag on the beach that was emptied under the house in a sandy area. I decided to check knowing that if this didn’t work, I would have to come back at low tide and probably go in the water.
Big hit! The Deus II screamed at me. I knew it was the watch. It had worked its way down to about 5 inches in the sand.
I knocked on the cottage door and presented the watch. Billy and Sally were thrilled!
I received a call from a gentleman who said his wife had lost her engagement ring. I went to their rental home in Corolla, NC. He explained that his wife had lost her platinum diamond engagement ring but she wasn’t sure where or for how long it had been missing.
He walked with me from where they were staying; down the street, on a two block walkway, on an elevated stair over the dunes and down onto Corolla beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He showed my were his items are on the beach and wear they had been on a previous day. (which was now occupied by another family)
I told the gentleman that this search could take hours and we may not find the ring because they weren’t certain when and where they lost it. (They had even removed p-traps in the house looking for it). I had my grandson Andrew with me because he was visiting from the Virginia Beach area. He had to be back to my house in 1 hours so he and his mom could leave.
We walked back to the house and I told him that I would let him know of any developments. I decided to concentrate on the beach area as I began the search. I used my Minelab Equinox 800 and Andrew used my pinpointer. I began a grid search in the area where his chairs and umbrella was today. It was a trash-target-rich environment.
After about 20 minute of searching the first chair area, I decided to look on the beach path between where the family had been on the previous day and where they were today. Before long, I got a strong hit just beneath the surface. I dug a small scoop and asked Andrew to use the pinpointer on it. As he moved the sand around…….BAM! I saw the shimmer of a diamond in the sand!!!
My grandson got the ring and held it up as I took a picture. I texted a picture to the owners and immediately got a call. The were ecstatic! They said they couldn’t believe that I found it so quickly; and frankly neither could I.
We walked back to the house were we were met by the happy couple and other families staying at the beach vacation rental. We gave them the husband his wife’s ring and he gave it his bride! What a wonderful experience to make this family so happy and what a lesson for a 6 year-old!