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ABC Perth Radio Interview By Jamie Burnett, With Jacqui And Her ‘RingFinder’ Sean Boddie, Western Australia

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Ooh Ooh, Careful, Ouch!

Jacqui’s Star bright and Diamond Eternity Ring and the 4 Impostors In The Back Ground!

Jacqui’s ‘Sunglasses To Hide The Tears’ Happiness!











Click the link below to the ‘ABC Perth Radio Recording’, simply press the play button once there. The interview is just after the news and traffic report.

N.b – More info on this search can be found in two of my my previous blogs (my story and the W.A Today news report) for anyone who is interested.

Jacqui’s Facebook Post Sharing Brings Media Attention For

  • from Perth (Australia)

Giday! Unbeknownst to me one of my recent ‘Ring Receivers’, Jacqui, shared a post she had put up on her Facebook page after I had reunited her with her very precious eternal ring. The Rottnest Island Facebook Page she shared it with happens to be followed by 185,000 people. Top work Jacqui! The post created quite some interest with many comments and some potential ring rescues as a result.

Later the next day I got a call from Hannah a reporter for ‘W.A. Today’, a large readership, online newspaper in Western Australia who had seen the post and was interested to know more about the find.

She asked various questions of me which led to the following news article.. enjoy!


Exclusive News Report, ‘A Lord Of The Lost Ring’, Mandurah Coastal Times, Western Australia

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Hi all and a big thank you to Robert who called the local media from his boat after I handed him his wife’s late fathers Russian Gold wedding ring. For the ‘full story’ please see my blog post – Lost Ring, 3.5 m Deep In ‘The Dawesville Cut’, Found In 10 Mins!




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Not Just Rings.. I Locate And Retrieve Anchors Too!! Indian Ocean, Perth, Western Australia.

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Transport to work!

Recently a fellow metal detectorist and friend Luke, who knew that I do diving recoveries of rings contacted me to inquire if I could help his landlord find and retrieve an expensive anchor from a reef in 10.5 meters of water, somewhere between Garden and Carnac Islands off the W.A coast, where he and his mate ‘Harvey’ had snapped their anchor line when it became jammed in a reef.

“Nothing like looking for a needle in a haystack” I said and after gaining Steve’s number I called him to get a few more
details and organize when we could attempt to find it.

A few days later I met them at my friends house where Steve and Harvey keep their boat and after loading my ‘lucky anchor’ (more about that in due course), dive gear and ourselves left on the 45 min trip to the Woodmans Point boat ramp to put the boat in the water.

Luckily Steve had marked the approximate location of the anchor on his sounder but when we arrived at the location and zoomed the sounder as far as possible it showed track lines all over the area as they had tried to free the anchor from
multiple angles before the anchor line was cut by the reef which made it difficult to ascertain the actual possible location of the anchor. After a bit of thinking we agreed a particular area of the criss-crossed lines was the most likely so I asked Steve to approach the area from down current and wind at dead slow speed and to cut the engines just before we were on top of the area we had selected. I dropped my ‘lucky anchor’ when he said we were right on it, called for him to give the boats engines a couple of ‘squirts” in reverse to help me ensure my anchor was set.

Steve, Me and the awol anchor!

Returned to full duties!

Now here is the thing about this ‘lucky anchor”. In a previous post regarding a ring I recovered in less than 10 mins in the middle of the Dawesville Cut I thought I had done an amazing job to drop my anchor about 4 meters from Roberts Gold
Ring. Well after suiting up I dived down my anchor line and as I approached my anchor’s chain I realized why they had lost theirs.. It was like the Himalayas down there with 4-5 m deep, 1 m wide ravines, huge 4-6 m high bombies (large/tall rocks) and seaweed all  over it. Looked like a great fishing spot too just quietly. I realized I would first need to re position my anchor or it would be the next one I had to dive for. As I turned to my right to look back up my anchor line in order to shift it (with a 28 foot floating fish on the end of my line in one hand and my feet in flippers straining against the reef!) I’d got through about 120 degrees when I saw Steve’s anchor wedged under the overhang on the same bit of reef not two meters away. It could only be seen from this angle and I could not believe my luck as I had had a bit of a sinking feeling when I had seen the bottom structure etc figuring this really would be a mission to find!

I tied a cray pot line to their anchor and slowly made my way up to the boat, where I passed the line to Steve to haul the anchor up.

Having only been in the water 5 mins or so I had a lot of air left in my tank and suggested I try and find a couple of crayfish to celebrate but as the current was fairly strong and it looked like somewhere I would hang out in if I was a big shark I suggested we try another location, its the only decision I now regret from that day as I failed to find any crays at the next location returning with my catch bag full of beer bottles and someones hoodie from the seafloor.

Anyway we all had a great day and Steve sure looked happy to have his anchor back. All in a days work eh, love my job!


Lost In A Reef, Diamond Eternity Ring, Parker Point, Rottnest Island, Found!!

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My workplace for the day!

Giday, Giday. Got a message from my facebook ‘spy’ about 6.30 pm to say a lady had lost a very sentimental ring in the ocean, at Parker Point on Rottnest Island and was seeking someone who could try and recover it for her. (Thanks buddy).

I did a little ‘facebook spying’ myself and luckily her maiden name was not a common one, as her married name was! I tried a white pages search and got lucky as there were only two results for that surname in all of Australia, and both were in Perth! I tried the numbers and left a message with both explaining who I was and that I was trying to contact a Jacqui with the same surname and wondered if she was a family member. Within 30 mins both responded as one was her father and the other her sister, so after speaking to both, they tracked her down for me and Jacqui called me a little while later.

After gaining the full story from her, I did the appropriate research on the location and the weather and decided I needed to get out to the Island the next morning at ‘sparrows fart’, as the weather would be deteriorating throughout the day and only two days before I had had to abandon a diving search due to poor weather conditions making the boat I was diving from drag its anchor! With these recoveries ‘time is of the essence’ and they should be attempted ASAP if the weather allows. Jacqui had lost her ‘precious’ about 3 pm on Sunday and it was now Thursday so the clock was ticking!

I took the first ferry to the Island the next day, caught a bus out to Parker Point and went straight to the ‘loss location’ from there.

Oooh Mmm Careful Oooh Ouch!

Arriving at the search area I found that the beach had been fairly well stripped of sand (google earth showed the beach having about 25-30 m of white sand from the base of the cliff to the waters edge) and began to realize that this search may not be so easy as when a foot or two of sand has been removed at the base of the access stairs to a popular tourist spot, that most of the rubbish items on the beach over the years would now be concentrated in, on and under the limestone reef the sand would normally cover. I thought I might have a long day ahead ferreting out the various rubbish items from the cracks and this is how it started to look as the first recovered signal was a $2 coin with a heavy ‘green verdigris’ (green corrosion) which indicated it had been lost here a very long time ago.

I had dive booties on as the limestone reef was incredibly sharp and jagged underfoot (it had cut Jacqui’s feet and she had warned me! Thanks Jacqui). When I removed the coin from the water I noticed a sharp piece of coral was sticking out of one of my fingers and upon removal of it, as you do, it bled like billy-oh of course! The next item I found was a ‘beaver tail’ (ring pull tab), then a broken zipper, and then another beaver tail!

About this time a chap and his three children on the access stairs above me stopped and asked what I was doing which I explained and then resumed searching whilst he and his kids looked on. At the time I had heard another good signal coming from a crack in the reef and after half a dozen scoops of sand and shells, came up with Jaquis ring appearing in my hand as the sand washed away from it just below the surface. Overjoyed I looked up to see the chap on the stairs still watching and I said “you are a ‘lucky charm’ buddy”, and raising the ring in my hand, said “look what I just found!”

Coin, beaver tail, zipper, beaver tail ring pull tab, and a Very Lovely Ring!

Happiness Personified!

When I got back to some phone reception, I rang Jacqui and said “so do you want the good news or the bad news first?”, she replied “whats the good?”, I said “I’ve found it” and she said “you’re not serious are you” as I hadn’t been there more than half an hour and I spent at least ten mins of that having a bit of breakfast on the beach! After collecting herself she asked so whats the bad news and I replied “Oh the bad news..” she said “you haven’t lost it again have you” and I replied “No… the good is I found it, the bad news is its not yet mid day and I cant get a ferry back to Fremantle until 3 pm to reunite you with it!”

It really was so rewarding to reunite Jacqui with her ‘precious’! I just wish more people knew about TheRingFinders service and that I could do this for someone every day! Love my job so much!!

Lost Ring, 3.5 m Deep In The ‘Dawesville Cut’, Mandurah, Found In 10 Mins!

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Hi again! About 1 pm on Wednesday the 1st of March, I received a message from Nadia to say her father had dropped her late grandfathers wedding ring in the middle of the ‘Dawesville Cut’ the prior evening. A diver was currently in the ocean searching for it, but if he was unsuccessful could I please come and search for it with my metal detector?

After researching what the tide and wind were doing at the time, and bearing in mind the very strong currents which run through ‘The Cut’, (not to mention a fair amount of boat traffic), I determined that 2 pm the following day might be the best time to attempt to recover the ring.

After arriving at the marina the following afternoon I loaded my equipment onto the boat and we left the marina to find the GPS location marked at the time the ring had been lost.

My ‘TrickyMap’ of the location.

I dropped the anchor a little bit up the current from the mark on the sounder, waited for the ‘pick’ to grab and let out more and more anchor line until the GPS showed we were nearly on the spot and facing roughly the same way the boat was on the previous night. By rights this meant the ring should now be somewhere behind the boat.

Not knowing what to do at the time, Robert had stayed ‘on the anchor’ overnight. In the morning Nadia had called and suggested he ‘lose’ something else overboard that would be easy to find by a diver and would mark the general location to search for said ring.

I dived down in 3.5 m of water for a quick recon of the sand and weed bottom trying to sight some yellow handled pliers and a hammer which would indicate the approximate location where the ring must be. Despite the great visibility I could not find them so after about 5 mins in the water I decided to surface and re-position the boat.

At this point I swam another anchor (temporarily tied to a fender float) out on an angle from the starboard stern of the boat. I suspected the boat had been laying with the stern to the ENE at the time of loss due to a SW breeze over a decreasing NW incoming current through ‘The Cut’. Once I had tightened the second anchor line Robert agreed that the boat was now laying pretty much as it had been the previous night.

After ‘suiting up’ I dived down along the anchor rope to again search for the tools and found them literally 2 meters back from the anchor chain and about a meter to my right! Seriously, I very nearly dropped that anchor right on top of them! I placed my own marker on the sea floor, retrieved the tools and returned to the boat with them. I really wish I had been using my go pro camera as Roberts face was a real picture as I handed him the tools no more than two minutes after re-entering the water! He just could not believe (and nor could I) how easy this part of the search had been.

I dived again, this time with my metal detector and started an imaginary ‘jackstay’ style search back and forth to the right of the anchor line in order to search the area in which I had found the tools.

Seen one of these before Robert?

I started my search about half way along the rope, turned at the anchor chain, and as I passed over where the tools had been (Thank you Nadia!) and just BEFORE I swept my detectors coil over it, there in the white sand was the unmistakable glowing golden rim of what could only be a gold ring!

Russian Gold!

Elated I returned to the surface where Robert was simply astonished that after having a dive master from a local dive store search for the tools for over an hour without success, I’d returned in just a few minutes with what he truly

One very happy wife!

believed he’d lost forever, his late father in-laws wedding ring.

Earlier when I was ‘suiting up’, Robert had mentioned that if I could find the ring he would gladly call the local press which he now did to tell them the wonderful story. (The reporter made it an exclusive story in the next issue of the ‘Mandurah Coastal Times’)

As we’d not long left the marina and I still had a full tank of air, Robert suggested that to celebrate, a couple of fresh crayfish for dinner might now be in order!! I agreed of course so we weighed anchor and headed out to a reef on the ocean side of ‘The Cut’ where I did indeed find a couple of fine crayfish. Yum, yum and a bottle of rum!… what a way to end an awesome day for us all!!


Lost In The Ocean, Diamond Eternity Ring, Pinaroo Point, Found In 15 mins!

  • from Perth (Australia)

Hi again! Got a message from Lynette on Wednesday, 6th of March to say she had lost her diamond eternity ring in the drink at Pinaroo Point. She had snorkeled around hoping to see it for two days and that morning had hired a metal detector to search the beach and shallow water without any luck.

I was already anxiously waiting for an upcoming weather window to allow diving recoveries. From her explanation I thought that diving might be required in this case also, so I suggested I could search for her lost ring in two days time when I expected the right sea conditions. I also explained to her that I had had a call from the Today Tonight show and asked her if she would mind being interviewed on prime time telly, and luckily she didn’t.

Well after a bit of thinking I said I would like to visit the site the next morning to assess it with respect to having a film crew there the following day. Lynette agreed to meet me there at daybreak to show me where she had lost it, but when we arrived the conditions were near perfect so I said it would be silly not to search for it now while the conditions were so good, so I did. (The following day was not nearly as nice and would have made a recovery very difficult at best!)

Believe this or not, but the reason Lynette had lost the ring was because she had seen a metal detectorist on the beach and commented to her friend that he might be looking for jewellery. At this point Lynette decided to check the fit of her ring which was good though whilst it was off, she fumbled a moment and plop, gone was the ring! Hard to believe? Not so much I guess but what a stroke of bad luck that it should happen in the water!

You wont believe this! Found it.

Lynette remembered she was facing the beach side on at the time and had lined up a beach sign with a sand dune to know fairly well where she was standing when she dropped the ring. I began my search a little to the left of this line and worked my way in and out from the beach to about chest deep. Lynette was following me along the shoreline and looking on anxiously each time I shook sand from my scoop. This is not a high volume beach so fortunately there was little rubbish to deal with.

Joy, joy, happy, happy!

The first target to come up was a beaver tail style ring pull tab, the second was a cellphone battery and the third – (a drum roll please)…Lynette’s ring! Well Lynette and I were over the moon and she quickly bounded into the water to see if it was really true.. once again the picture says the rest.