I got a phone call and referral from my son-in-law on some lost keys. He gave me the location and details and I met Kimberly about 10 minutes later on the beach. Kimberly told me that her brother and cousin had been fishing about 11pm the night before and when her brother got back to the resort he didn’t have his house or BMW key FOB. Figuring out the tides for the previous evening I realized I had a very short window of opportunity to try and find the keys before high tide. There was a big drain pipe on the beach and that was the reference point both as the center point for north and south (both about 40 yards wide) and the starting point seaward. By the time I started my grid line the end of the pipe was already underwater and the waves were building. After about an hour of searching I called Kimberly and left a message that I’d be back in about 3 hours to work the outgoing tide.
Around 5 o’clock I arrived back on the beach and started working the outgoing tide, still a little rough but manageable. After another hour and a half of grid searching and finding some change, bottle caps, pull tabs and some wire I got a good strong shallow signal. Bingo, I had the keys in my scoop. I took a picture and sent it to Kimberly asking her “do these look familiar”. I then called her and asked if she got my text, she looked at her text messages and I could hear her in the background tell her family “he found the keys!!! She came back on the phone, thanked me and said her brother was still in town and she was going to call him and give him my number. Within a minute Kevin was on the line saying I can’t believe you found them, I thought I’d never see them again. We met in the Walmart parking lot 10 minutes later and Kevin had his keys back. Kimberly had told me that Kevin was in the US Army and stationed at Fort Bragg, so when we met I gave him a hand salute and shook his hand. He had had a spare key FOB but his dog had pretty much chewed it up but it could still be used. When I handed him his keys back he hit the lock/unlock buttons on the FOB and surprisingly after being buried in the sand submerged below the surf for roughly 18 hours the key FOB still worked!!!!
Kevin, from one VET to another – best of luck to you in your career and stay safe!!!
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I got a call from Kelly R. this morning after he found me thru TheRingFinders web site asking if I could help find his ring that was extremely sentimental to him. He said the ring had his mother’s wedding ring stone included in the setting. He also said he had taken his ring off at the beach and placed it in his hat but forgot about it and it fell out somewhere in the sand.
I and my wife were on a little mini vacation and about 2 hours away so I wasn’t able to get to the beach for a few hours. When I arrived I met Kelly on the beach and he gave me an area about 30X20 yards to search. After 40 minutes and 8 passes in the grid – BINGO!! I walked back over to where Kelly was sitting on the beach and ask him to explain the details to me one more time. As he’s talking I held the ring up so he’d see it as he’s talking and Bam – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody move so quickly. There were a few beach goers sitting around watching and they broke out in applause and I got a number of very sincere hugs from Kelly. I love doing what I do and that’s bringing smiles back to people’s faces.
Kelly, thank you for trusting in me to find your lost treasure and for the very generous reward. Best of luck to you in all your future endeavors!!!
Remember, if you lose a special treasure, contact a member in TheRingFinders.com directory in your area. We’re here to help bring back those treasures.
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I got an e-mail from a gentleman asking if I’d help try and find his College ring, no problem I thought and then he gave me the details. Him and his buddies were here on a golf vacation and playing golf at one of the many golf courses in the area. He gave me an excellent description of where he was pretty sure the ring fell out of one of the pockets of his golf bag, the only problem was he had lost it a little over 3 weeks ago.
Ok, lost 3 weeks ago in the rough, there might be a chance it’s still there so off I went. After about 20 minutes searching the rough in the area he gave me, I expanded the search out to cover about half the fairway. Bam, I got a pretty good shallow signal, used my pin pointer to zero in on the signal and there was a small piece of his college ring. I continued searching hoping to find the rest of the ring or maybe another piece or two – no luck!! I’m confident that his ring got caught up in a lawn mower and destroyed. I took a picture of what I found and sent it to him and then called him. He took it well saying at least he can put closure to his ring. Tough call none the less.
There’s no way to know if he had called sooner the outcome would have been different but it makes the point that the sooner a call is made to get help the better the outcome may be. This holds true whether the lost item is at the beach, in the ocean or lake, golf course or your own back yard. Call a member from TheRingFinders.com directory as soon as you realize your item is missing.
No smiles to post but here’s a piece of his ring.
Got a call at about 11:15 am from David saying his wife, Rose, had lost her Wedding/Engagement Rings in the sand and wanted to know if I could help find them. Told him I’d be there in 15-20 minutes.
David met me in the parking lot and on the way out to the beach explained that he and his wife suspected their little daughter may have picked the rings up out of the cup holder in the beach chair. Once we got on the beach I met Rose and the little culprit, who looked so innocent.
I made a line in the dry sand with my scoop that measured roughly 10X15 feet and had David and Rose clear the beach umbrella, beach chairs and other items from inside the search area. On the third pass I had the ring. I turned around to Rose and asked her what the ring looked like but she already knew I had found it because of the rattle in the scoop as I shook out the sand. I held the scoop up and let her pull it out. Another successful recovery with big smiles all the way around.
Total search and recovery time was under 2 minutes.
David and Rose, thank you very much for the reward.
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Jim Wren/The Ring Finders/843-655-5889.