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 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!