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Lost In The Ocean, Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring, Rottnest Island – Returned

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Hi all! I have just made another successful ring recovery from the ocean, at Rottnest Island.

Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Set.

Unfortunately I can not disclose the exact location at this stage as the custom made platinum and diamond wedding band which the engagement ring fits inside has not yet been recovered and requires a further search using scuba diving equipment.

Conditions on the island were a long way from ideal with the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ serving up 20-25 knot winds combined with the moon serving up mid-cycle tides. As these weather conditions did not look like being any better for over a week, I decided to attempt a recovery despite them.

3rd Item Recovered!

Believe it or not the 3rd signal I dug was the engagement ring, yet despite an intensive search of the secluded bay, the wedding band which should have been within a short distance of its mate could not be found.

One Large Flawless Argyle Diamond!

I decided to stay overnight at the location and make another attempt to locate the wedding band containing 14 smaller diamonds in the morning.

 

Despite digging up even the faintest of signals including tiny bits of wire and hair pins (from 10 – 12 inches down!) it could not be found after searching the area again and again for over 4 hrs!

I did hear some nicer signals against the edge of the reef but these were too deep and difficult for me to attempt to recover on this occasion and will need to be dived upon when the conditions at the site have improved. Scoops can not be used as the base of the reef where they are is full of holes and cracks.

Another Happy Camper!

Today the owners husband Aldi flew to Perth, from Sydney to pick up the gorgeous, Argyle Diamond engagement ring.

I intend to use a water jet to blow the sand out of these cavities and cracks on my next attempt and I may need to employ a powerful suction dredge to try to recover the metals producing these signals.

Wish me luck! I might need some on this job!

Lost Wedding Ring Found In Thompson Bay, Rottnest Island, Western Australia / Found!!

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Hi everyone! At 6.27 am on Sunday, I received the following text message from Libby:

Good morning! My husband lost his wedding ring in Thompson Bay @ Rottnest Island yesterday. The location is particularly tricky as there are long seaweed strands clumped close together. The location doesn’t need diving necessarily as it is waist-shoulder deep water, but an underwater metal detector would definitely be required. We snorkeled for 45 mins with no luck. We know the area because we were swimming back to our boat on its mooring which is very close to the beach (so at least we have a marker for location). Could you let us know roughly what a job like this would cost? Thank you so much! Libby & Brett Giroud.

Lost white gold wedding ring rottnest island

Brett’s missing wedding ring (left)

So here we go with my first search as a new member of ‘TheRingfinders Directory’, and its at an island, in the water and if that’s not enough, the ring is somewhere in the thick matted weeds that the Island is well known for, mmm good one! I do love a challenge however and what a great challenge it turned out to be!

After establishing that Brett and Libby were no longer on the island, I started on the detective work…

I learnt that Brett had been swimming with his left arm whilst supporting a bag containing his and his wifes phones and camera out of the water with his right arm, when he felt the ring come off. He later explained he could see some of the starboard side of the boat and that he had thought it just a bit too far to throw the bag into the boat and dive down after the ring. (We agreed he was probably about 5-7 m from the boats starboard side.)

Ta dah! One Wedding Ring.

I arrived on Rottnest Island on Tuesday and after obtaining a dive bottle proceeded to the area where the ring was lost. Rather fortuitously a group on the beach who inquired as to what I was doing had actually been on that part of the beach on the same day and could recall for me how the vessels were laying off their moorings at the approximate 2 pm time of loss. Very useful info and as i suspected the boats had been laying with their sterns pointing to the NE due to the typical summer South west wind – known locally as the “Freo or Fremantle Doctor”. So using Brett’s entry point and the buoy their boat was tied up to as a reference, I determined the rings approximate location to be about 5-6 m to the left of and a few meters back towards the beach from the TB 352 mooring buoy. (I allowed a little for the ring travelling a bit sideways and backwards through the water when it came off)

First I snorkeled out to the location and placed a marker buoy about 8 m to the left of the mooring buoy and returned to fetch my detector and dive tank. Brett remembered seeing a green bottle 3/4 buried in the sand and had been searching near this. Finding the bottle I began my search and quickly found a ring pull tab. O.k so everything’s working I thought and started to return to the beach for ground lines to form a grid across the search area, when I heard a faint signal which I nearly ignored, not wanting to waste any time by searching haphazardly!

Well bugger me, when I parted the sea grass there was Brett’s ring laying half buried in the sand base! Wow, second target and boom, I’d found what Brett had thought he might have lost forever!

Brett feeling very happy with his ‘on the house desert’

Turns out this was only the first part of the story, I’d had an idea, so I called Libby to suggest she invite her husband to dinner somewhere nice and she said it was their ‘date’ night so he would not suspect a thing. Well Libby and I could not wait! Brett was not expecting a call from me until about 8 pm when I was to be returning on the ferry!

I was actually at my local metal detecting club meeting while they were in the restaurant and I had Brett’s ring sitting on top of the champagne bottle on my clubs ‘Find Of The Month’ table waiting for our guest speaker to finish so that the finds could be voted upon! Well every time I thought he was about to stop so I could hike it over to the restaurant and quickly coerce the staff into placing it in an ‘on the house’ desert, the speaker would start telling us another interesting story about an unmarked outback grave. In the end though I had to grab it during the meeting, leave the meeting and race off to the restaurant…… They say a picture tells a thousand words so I guess Brett’s smile says the rest!!