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Lost Mother’s ring in Swan Lake Maine results in a double recovery.

from Rockport (Maine, United States)
Contact: 1-207- 542-7642

Jennie was wise in remembering to remove the platinum mother’s ring from her finger, giving it to her husband Wade to keep in his zippered pocket while she was waterskiing. Unfortunately  after returning back to their camp Wade jumped into the lake to move a swim float, at some point his pocket became unzipped and the ring came out  Wade showed wisdom too in contacting a ring finder for help. The search took about 5 hours as there were many targets in the waters of this 100+ year old lake house . Having used both of my air tanks the first day, I told Wade I wanted to come back and continue my search. I returned to the site a few days later and found the ring buried in silt, about twenty minutes after starting my search. Although the ring matched the description, I sent a photo and called Wade to confirm. Wade informed me that it was the ring and how happy they were that it was found. Since I still had plenty of air I asked Wade If I could stay and continue to search the area. Wade said sure, I told him I would let him know if I found anything cool. I ended up finding a second ring, a sterling silver men’s band buried 7 inches in sand and sent a photo of it to Wade. It was a cool find because it turned out to be Wade’s wedding band which he had lost 10 years earlier. Even cooler was the fact that both rings were recovered on the day of their 12th wedding anniversary. A portion of the generous reward I received is being donated to the Area Interfaith Outreach- Child Hunger Program in Rockland, ME which provides take home meals for children to eat on weekends and vacations when they don’t have access to school provided breakfast and lunch.

 

 

Ring lost at La Jolla Shores found

from La Jolla (California, United States)

James was here in town for a wedding, and staying at a beach resort at La Jolla Shores. Yesterday was a hot and dry day, so, He was out enjoying the beach and throwing a ball to his cousin in the cool, shallow water in front of the resort. Well, we know the scenario here! Ball gets thrown, and his family crest, signet, heirloom ring decides to take a dip too. Ring hits water, sinks quickly into the sand, and disappears. An online search brings up The Ring Finders website and my contact info. The tide had already receded a bit, and was still heading out, so, my wife and I jumped into the car and headed to the location. We were actually able to find parking not too far away, which two weeks ago would have been impossible on a Saturday afternoon. We meet James out on the beach and he shows us the search area. He makes his best guess at where “ground zero” was and I start a spiral search out from there in the wet sand . Half hour later and no ring, I start a cross grid and expand out beyond my initial grid. Another half hour later and only two targets total, I finally get a sweet, solid 16 on my Equinox just outside my initial search area. Sure enough, James’s ring pops out of the shallow plug of sand. A pleasure to meet you James, and thank you for the reward.

Lost Ring Lake Recovered SCUBA Diving: Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

Ring Lost in Pennsylvania Lake Recovered SCUBA Diving

Lost July 15th, 2019; Sara and Alberto called to ask if I could find a lost ring. Sara was swimming with her daughter in their community lake. The daughter reached for Sara and accidently pulled the ring off Sara’s finger in about 10 feet of water. As the photo shows, the ring is intertwined bands. One of the bands is covered with diamonds. Sara’s ring matches Alberto’s ring, and the set has great sentimental value for the couple. They live outside my normal area, about 5 hours away. I offered to search, telling them my fee would include reimbursement for travel and overnight accommodations.

Sara and Alberto were hesitant so we discussed researching potential local options. I also suggested they call RingFinder SCUBA divers who were closer. Following my advice, Sara and Alberto found a local diver with a metal detector from a nearby dive shop. The diver agreed to search the area, removing submerged wooden boards from the bottom. Though he used a metal detector, he was not able to find the ring.

Next, they tried a SCUBA certified RingFinder team from another state. Unfortunately, they seemed uncomfortable with the conditions, unfamiliar with normal search patterns, and were also unable to locate the ring. Sara called again asking me to take the job.

July 30th, 2019 My Divemaster (Mrs.E), and I drove up and stayed in Wilkes-Barre. The next morning I searched for two hours. I had not anticipated how cold the water in the spring fed lake would be. Just below the surface the water temperature was in the mid-50s. The bottom had a layer of fine silt which, once disturbed, quickly decreased visibility (which was poor to begin with). I found numerous small bits of aluminum cans and bits of other trash. After 30 minutes, my perception narrowed and my efficiency decreased due to the cold. I didn’t find the ring.  But, now that I was familiar with the conditions I knew I could adjust for the cold and improve my search pattern. I asked Alberto if I could return and conduct another search for no fee and he said agreed.

August 12th, 2019 Mrs.E and I made the trip again.  This time I used a thicker dive suit (7mil). Because the weather had turned colder and the water was colder, visibility was better and I could recover  targets more effectively. One of the finds was a set of lifeguard keys used to open the gate to the lake and facility. I used a PVC grid I’d constructed but surfaced after an hour with no luck. My wife and I discussed our interpretations of the potential location of the ring, and she suggested searching closer to the dock. Within 30 minutes I heard a clear target. I gently waved my hand to move the silt and uncovered another piece of aluminum. Sitting next to it was Sara’s ring!

Getting to the Lake

Beautiful Site

Gear Staged

Easier to Get Dressed in the Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Descending

Some Typical Trash

 

Saved From the Lake

Smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring Lost in Lake Recovered Metal Detecting Richmond Virginia

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

June 30th, 2019 In Chesterfield (near Richmond) Virginia, Dustin was playing on a boogie board in the lake behind his home. He felt his ring slip off and quickly mentally marked his location and where it dropped. The ring is a family heirloom, which made the loss even more heart rending. After buying a detector and not being able to find it himself, he called me.

The water depth was about 4 feet deep, and the mud was almost a foot deep. Dustin had searched the area so the bottom was disturbed. There was a chance the ring had been inadvertently pushed into the mud, so I needed to be able to locate deeper targets. I started with my ATMax and a standard coil, but the signals were erratic. I switched to my Excalibur underwater detector and started to locate and remove the usual trash targets like fishing lures and pieces of aluminum. When I didn’t find it after an hour, I re-interviewed Dustin and visualized how a strong young man like Dustin would have been pushing his board. Using that information, I went a little deeper into the water and hit on a clear target. The depth and mud made it difficult to extract. Another successful recovery of a family treasure!

For help to recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435

Lovely View

Starting to Search

Working

Saved from the Lake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dustin Smile

 

Dustin’s Beautiful Classic Ring

Platinum Ring Lost in the Snow Recovered Fairfax Virginia

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

On January 15th, 2019 Chris lost his ring while cleaning snow off his car. He and his wife searched the area until dark. They called me and I got there as soon as possible the next day. In the afternoon traffic, it took me over an hour of travel! Now that I’m retired, I can drive there during the day in less than 30 minutes. After Chris’ wife showed me exactly where he was standing and what he was doing, I started the search. I placed my coil where I thought the ring might have landed, and heard a clean target on the second sweep. It was one of the quickest recoveries I have ever experienced!

Smile photograph withheld by request.

To recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435

 

 

Academy Ring Recovered SCUBA Diving

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

October 31st, 2018

I had a call out to Montrose Virginia to recover an academy ring. The owner saw the ring hit the water and put me very close to the target in about 8 feet of water. I’m so happy to have been able to help a true patriot!

Personal photos witheld by request.

To recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435

 

 

 

 

 

Ring Lost Off Dock Recovered SCUBA Diving, Goose Bay Marina, Maryland

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

A wonderful gentleman in law enforcement told me he lost his ring off a boat dock. After an hour and a half drive, my Dive Master (Mrs. Rob) and I arrived at the marina. Like most dock recoveries, the client had a good idea of where he had lost his ring. There was zero visibility and thick mud in about 6 feet of water. Luckily there was very tittle trash. It must have looked easy to the cheering crowd on the dock, as I found the ring in less than 10 minutes!

Photos witheld by request.

For help to recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435

Lost Wedding Band Found in the leaves

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-703-598-1435

November 26th, 2017 I got a call from Ciaran.  He asked if I could search for his ring in deep leaves. He had a good idea of where he lost it in a field at the beautiful Morven Park International Equestrian Center. I was unable to search until several days later. Due to rush hour traffic, the 40 mile trip took 2 hours. Got to respect Northern Virginia traffic! Once I arrived, I located the ring in about 15 minutes.  It was under several inches of lovely fall leaves. Then 2 hours of driving in rush hour traffic to return home but, this time with a smile on my face after reuniting another ring with its owner:)

For help to recover your item, please text or call 703-598-1435.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUUIPO – Hawaiian for – “My Sweetheart” Ring Lost/Found at: Craigville, MA and returned

from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-860-309-3307

From Hawaii, 20 years ago, to August of 2018, just after a Cape Cod fishing trip and an afternoon splash in the surf, the Kuuipo ring having been to many places and seeing numerous memorable occasions it decided to take a rest in King Neptune’s domain. From being purchased as a promissory ring in Hawaii to beneath the waters of a popular beach the ring stayed hidden and resting for over a year until I brought it back into the sunshine. Thinking that the uniqueness of the ring would draw some attention if posted on social media, I made a posting. As luck would have it, Luke, another RingFinder, had been contacted and searched for the ring to no avail over the past year. The news of the ring being found spread swiftly and Luke picked up on the finding and called with the owner’s information. I then made contact with Brina and made arrangements for the ring’s return.

A couple of days later the ring was reunited with Brina who passed on the story of the ring and why it was no longer a complete circle. It had been cut off a finger several years ago but not by choice.

Although a lost object may not be initially found, there is always hope that someday it will be found and through our network of friends and the RingFinders the owner will receive the sentimental item back. Luke and I have done this in the past and look forward to our next return.

Lost 2ct Tiffany Diamond Engagement Ring… Found!

from Mission Beach (California, United States)
Contact: 1-910-835-6350

Saturday March 16, 2013:

I was contacted by Steve on Saturday, March 16 at around 7 PM. He asked me to help find his wife’s 2-Ct Tiffany Platinum and Diamond engagement ring which was lost at the Kaneohe Bay sandbar. The ring slipped off of Marie’s finger while she was catching a ball that was thrown to her without warning.

Sunday March 17, 2013:

I met Steve and Marie at the marina at around 10:00AM. After hearing the story of Marie’s lost engagement ring, the marina’s manager Christopher was kind enough to allow us to hitch a ride to the sandbar on their safety boat. I grabbed my gear and jumped into the safety boat and headed to the sandbar. The trip took about 10 minutes. The sandbar was congested with about 20 boats anchored. The water was approximately ankle-deep and glassy. The water depth increased and the waves started to roll in over the next 3 hours. No ring found.

Sunday March 24, 2013:

Marie and Steve had already left Oahu to go back home to Mississippi. I arranged to have the safety boat take me back out to the sandbar to continue the search. It was drizzling during the boat ride out to the sandbar and over the next 2 hours the weather got really bad. At the sandbar, the drizzle turned into a downpour, the wind picked up, the water level rose by 2’ and the waves were about 1’. We decided to head back to shore.

Saturday March 30, 2013:

Three weeks after Marie’s ring was lost, my friend Preston and his girlfriend took me out to the sandbar using a boat that we rented from the Kaneohe Bay marina. We went out to the sandbar to search for Marie’s lost ring but also to wind down from work and have some fun. There were only a handful of boat anchored. There were storm clouds on the horizon but they were at least a couple hours away. The negative tide completely exposed the sandbar which is normally covered by a few feet of water. About five minutes into my search my Excalibur II gave a strong, low growl. After three weeks of searching, I finally recovered Marie’s ring. I immediately phoned Marie to give her the good news. It was a great reaction as everyone thought that it was gone forever. Everybody on the boat was just as excited as Marie. We spent the next three hours having fun and boating around the bay. As soon as we got back into town, we found the nearest FedEx store and shipped the ring to Marie via 2nd day air. Here she is with her ring safely back on her finger.