White Gold Engagement Ring Found and Returned Huntington Beach State Park
I received a phone call from Marcy on Wednesday morning about a lost single setting engagement wedding ring. She had gotten my name from the ranger station at Huntington Beach State Park. Marcy had lost her ring on the beach at mid tide the day before, in knee deep water. She had reached into the water to rescue a niece that had fallen off of a boogie board. As she did so her ring was knocked from her finger. She frantically searched but the ring had disappeared. I got all the information I could gather from Marcy. She mentioned a flag pole that was at the end of one of the beach entryways. She told me she was straight out from the flag. I was on my way to a job site and I knew it would take most of the day to complete my tasks. I told her I would try to do the search that afternoon if I could, but more than likely it would be in the morning’s low tide. I told Marcy to rub her left earlobe for good luck and to pay homage to “The Ring Gods”.
The next morning I arrived at the front gate of the park at 5:50 AM and waited for the rangers to open the gate at 6:00. I headed to the beach with my gear while donning a headlamp as it was still dark for the next hour. I drew a line in the sand with my sand scoop straight out from the flag pole to the water’s edge. Working parallel to the water, I started shin deep to make sure I eliminated the lower portion of the grid, as the tide was staring to come in. I worked a 40 yard grid centered on the flag pole for 45 minutes. About my 12th grid line I got the signal I was looking for on my Minelab CTX 30-30. To be honest it rang up like a pull tab, but on a ring search you dig everything. Brushing a scoop of sand with my foot revealed a beautiful white gold ring shining in the light from my head lamp. The sunrise was just breaking the ocean horizon when I texted Marcy to ask if she had been rubbing her left earlobe. She texted back a couple minutes later that she had. I told her it worked as I had her prized wedding ring in my pouch. Marcy and her husband Sam were vacationing a few mile away so we made arrangements to meet a few minutes later at a local breakfast house so I could hand her back the wedding ring Sam placed on her finger 13 years ago.
Marcy and Sam, Thank You so much for the generous reward! 15% will be donated to “The Road Runners” Transport Team for the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Greenville, SC.