I received a call from Molly in Southern Shores. She had lost her Platinum Diamond ring on the beach. I told Molly that I was in Kitty Hawk, which is very close, and I could be there in about 20 minutes.
When I arrived, Molly took me to the beach. The family had marked off the spot that they thought the ring had ended up. In the center of the spot was their umbrella and it was bounded by beach chairs.
I fired up the Equinox 800 and began a grid search. The sand was very course and unlevel. I covered the area with no hits. I asked them if they had walked down the beach or gone in the water. They answered that they did not. I decided to sweep the area from the walkway to the chair area…Nothing!
Then I decide to expand the search area outward in the direction of the surf, which was coming up. Bingo! Almost immediately I got a strong signal that was right on top. I reached down with my hand and brushed the sand away. Diamonds shown in the bright OBX sunlight and I recognized the ring from the picture that Molly had shown me. Congratulations Molly and family for finding your exquisite ring.
While I was on the beach looking for a ring that was lost last week, a lady named Katie approached me and told me that her party had lost a ring on the beach earlier in the day. She showed me an area about 20ft square that she thought her brother-in-law Will had lost the ring. I covered the area pretty quickly and thoroughly but only found a few bottle caps. I then asked her if there were any other areas she could think of.
She walked over to an area and asked me if I could make a diagonal from there to a sand mound on the beach. I put my Equinox 800 to quick work starting at the sand mound. I got a hit that was strong, but a number that is not normally associated with a ring. I dug it anyway.
I saw the ring and picked it up with my closed hand. Sidney, Will’s wife, asked me did you find it. I said, “could you describe it?” She described the ring and I handed it to her. Both Sidney and Katie were overjoyed. The EQ800
Got a call from Brooks who said that he and his wife were visiting from western NC. While she was on the beach he said that she was doing something and felt her ring flick off of her hand. They looked and looked…even sifting the sand with a colander to try to find the ring. No luck.
I told Brooks that I would be right over and loaded the Equinox 800 in the truck. It took me a while to get down to Nags Head but once I did, I met Brooks at the access point and he filled me in on the details.
I fired up the Minelab machine and went to work. Almost immediately I got a good 9 to ring up but it was deeper that I expected the ring to be…so I continued on the sweep for a while. Getting no other hits, I returned to the 9 and dug around in the sand with my hands. Low and behold a ring popped out.
I asked Brooks if that was it. Yes, Yes it was, and what a beautiful ring. His wife met us at the access parking lot and they were both overjoyed. I love getting rings back to their owners.
I got a call from a young lady Wednesday evening. She said that she had lost her gold ring, which was a family heirloom, handed down to her from her grandma. She was devastated because she had worn it swimming at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nag’s Head, NC.
I explained to her that metal detecting is not allowed in NC State Parks. I advised her to call Jockey’s Ridge and explain the situation. She called me a few minutes later saying that the Park Ranger Manager would allow it provided that I turn in any other items found during the search and that we could look the next morning.
I met her at the gate when it opened the next morning. She took me down the path that they had taken to the beach and I first checked all the dry sand in the area that they set up. No luck. I began a grid search in the water that spanned about 50 yards…going deeper and deeper.
I found a few items that we not the target item (which I turned in at the Ranger station on the way out) and then on the 3rd pass…It rang up on the Minelab Equinox 800!!!
Congratulations on finding Grandma’s ring!!
I got a call from a Shawn today. He had lost his white gold wedding ring on the beach in Nag’s Head in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I asked Shawn the normal questions about if he knew where and was it in the water.
He said that he had been throwing a football and felt it slip off. Shawn had done his due diligence and had marked of the area that he thought he had lost it.
When I arrived, I headed to the beach and met Shawn. He had markers set up delineating the borders of the area to search. I got the Minelab Equinox 800 running and within a minute heard a good signal. I reached over and dug in the sand and boom.
Shawn told me that his anniversary was later in the week and this made him so happy!
Chris called me and let me know that he had lost his ring in the surf. I explained to him that when something is lost in the water the chance of finding it is not the best but I would come and see what I could do.
I arrived and he took me down the spot on the beach where he though he lost his ring. He indicated that he had been tossing a football and felt it slip off. He said that he had not gone far left or right from where his cabana and chair were and was not very deep.
I began the search in the shallow water working my way about 10 yards north and south of where he told me he was. I worked my way deeper and deeper until I thought it could not have gone this far. So I started over. I started where the sand was just wet and expanded about 20 yard north BING.
Almost immediately my Minelab Equinox 800 sang it’s song. I dug a small amount of sand and the ring was sticking out. Chris and his wife were watching as I held up the ring!!! He sprung up out of his chair and confirmed his lost ring.
Tomorrow is their 22nd Anniversary. Happy Anniversary!!!
On Friday the 10th I got a call from a young lady who had lost her 2020 class ring in the sand. She was nearby in Kill Devils Hills so I told her that I could be there in about 15 minutes.
When I arrived, I met her at the beach access and she said that her parents were waiting on the beach. When I arrived mom and dad said that they had just recently purchased the ring for their daughter. It was brand new!
The dad had circled an area about 12 feet in diameter…so I began. On second swipe I got a good hit on my Minelab Equinox 800. I said, “It can’t be that easy, can it?” I reached down and picked up and handful of sand that contained the ring.
Mom was thrilled and dad shook may hand (even though we aren’t supposed to do that anymore). They were both thrilled as was the young lady.
I received a call from a gentleman who had found my name on theringfinders.com. He said that he had lost his white gold wedding band when he stood up with it in his lap on Nags Head beach. He said that he knew exactly where he had lost it.
When I arrive Mike took me to the beach as showed me an area where his chairs and canopy was. He was sure that the ring had dropped ring there. I took my MineLab Equinox 800 over the area a few times and got no hits. This area of the beach was very clean!
I expanded the search area to include the sides and fronts of the chair/canopy area…still no targets. His friend’s area was just north of his area so I did a quick search and got an immediate hit!!
I reached down and got the ring and Mike said, “Look at you! I don’t know how it could have gotten there, but I am so happy!”
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!