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Twin Rescues Part 2, Coogee Beach, Fremantle, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Just 15 minutes after recovering Jeff’s sentimental gold bracelet from under his boat in Coogee Marina I noticed a missed call on my phone. When I returned the call a rather emotional Cailan explained that he and his fiancee Rosemary had been swimming near the ammunition jetty at Coogee Beach when she’d felt her gorgeous engagement ring slip from her finger to the ocean bottom.

I was only five minutes drive to the north at the time so as there was only an hour or so of light left I

Rosemary’s precious in all its glory.

arranged to meet them straight away and search for it. When I arrived I was greeted by about 8 people.. one of which I knew! After the loss someone had thought to see if maybe there was a metal detecting service in Perth. Dean who work’s at my local scrap metal yard had said there should be as he knew someone who came into his work from time to time who did this sort of thing, I’d even shown him photo’s of some of my finds at one stage.. A quick google search had found my website www.RingRescues.com.au and when I arrived Dean and I had recognised each other and explained to the group the coincidence! About half the family had been having a picnic and swim so I had quite an audience as I began the search.

Someones meant to get married soon!

Now I didn’t have my marker flags with me so I asked Cailan to enter the water and stand where he thought Rosemary had been in the water when the loss occured. I then began a grid search around him. Just before I began I’d asked Rosemary’s sister to film the affair as I was both hopeful of finding it and that it should not take long if Cailan was fairly accurate on where the loss had happened. Only minutes later I yelled “found it’ and began running and jumping my way back to shore with it. I passed it to Rosemary who was staring in disbelief (along with everyone else) and then I turned to her sister. I asked what does the counter on the video say? She replied “it just ticked over four minutes!”

Realisation that they really did have it back washed over Cailan and Rosemary and as it did their disbelief turned to sheer joy. This really was a rewarding moment that made me feel damn good.. What an amazing afternoon.

Twin Rescues Part 1, Coogee Beach, Fremantle, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Jeff had called me to ask if I could dive under his boat in Coogee Marina and recover a sentimental gold bracelet he’d lost after he’d caught it on a cleat on the side of his boat as he was getting off. A few days had gone by since the loss as his son is a professional diver and he’d had a go at locating it but had had to give up due to the zero visibility down there.

Now this is a bit embarassing but when I got half way to meeting Jeff I realised my BCD (Boyancy vest) wasn’t in the car! I pulled over thinking I must call Jeff and see if I could arrange the dive for the next day. I also thought well I’m half way there I may as well meet him and have a look first hand at the loss site.

By the time I got to the marina I had thought through how I might still achieve the result Jeff needed albeit rather unconventionally! Jeff’s bracelet was last seen by him disappearing into the murky water between his boat and the jetty. I dropped a weighted line into the water approximately where the bracelet had dropped into the water then I tied a rope around my dive tank and had Jeff lower it to me in the water. I then dived down with it and lay on it on the bottom.

Jeff’s got his bracelet and smile back!

The bottom was not solid but varying thicknesses of silt and mud so the tank made a nice bed in this and allowed me to search ahead of the tank with my hand held scubatector. Each time I detected half a meter or so in front of me I would slide the bottle forward a length and detect again. When I turned to come back I was able to clearly feel the rut the tank

Jeff’s shiny precious.. FOUND.

had left behind out to the right of me even though I could not see my hand in front of my mask! This meant I was coming back perfectly parallel to my first search line. Who would have thought a mistake in leaving my BCD behind would lead to a novel new search technique! As usual I waved my detector over a hole I’d just made to retrieve yet another beer can and heard another fainter signal. I felt around the hole and squeezed the mud until I felt somthing solid, and flexible… and HEAVY. I swished my hand at arm’s length from me in the water to clean most of the mud from my hand before pulling my hand right up close to my mask and boom.. there was Jeff’s gold bracelet, bright as anything in the near total dark! Everything appears about 1/3 bigger underwater than it really is so it’s an amazing feeling when gold just appears before your eye’s in this way, even more so when it’s the gold you are searching for… needless to say Jeff nearly fell of the jetty when I appeared after only 8 mins with his shiny precious dangling from my hand. His smile pic says it all.. one very happy man..

15 minutes later… Part 2!

 

WW2 Gold Signet Ring Rescued From The Drink, Port Beach, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Eduardo had been cooling off in waist deep water at Port Beach recently when he felt his cherished signet ring slip from his finger. The ring with his initials on top had been made 75 years ago in a prison of war camp during World War 2. He had looked desperately around him in the water and then called out “I’ve lost my ring, I’ve lost my ring” to his wife Piera on the beach.

After calling me I arranged to meet Piera and Eduardo at the beach the next morning when the tide would be out making it wadeable where Eduardo had lost his ring. I took them down to the shoreline one at a time to show me where the loss had occured and noted that they both chose a place on the shore about six meters apart, so I halved this distance and put a peg in the beach to mark the centre and then paced out 10 meters either side of this and also placed a peg in the beach. I then set about working slowly in and out of the water with my metal detector until I had finished the 20 by 30 m grid and nothing, plenty of rubbish, a couple of coins, but no rings. I asked Eduardo if he thought I was going out far enough and he thought that I was. Next I said I was 99% sure I had not missed his ring so I asked if he felt that he could have been more to the north or south of the area I had searched. He felt more to the north was the go so I paced out another 10 m and placed a peg there. After finishing this and then another search extension grid and I’d still not found Eduardo’s ring they had said ok thanks so much for trying but it’s gone now and left the beach.

I was convinced the ring was there somewhere and detectable so with my usual never give in attitude I extended the search area yet another 10m, and still nothing. I thought ok if its not here it must be where I haven’t yet searched, so lets try 10 m to the south.

By this time the tide was a good way in again and the “Fremantle Doctor” was whipping up a few “white horses” and was clearly about to turn nasty for the afternoon so I resolved to come back the next day and resume the search on the southern end. In the morning I was about halfway through my first extension to the south when as I was approaching two women swimming in the water a great sounding signal penetrated my ears. As I raised what ever it was in my

scoop one of the woman had asked me “what are you looking for?” I looked in the bottom of the scoop and thought ‘no way’, there were Eduardo’s initials staring up at me! I turned towards the woman as I simultaniously lifted the ring from the scoop and said “Yes.. This! This is what I’ve been looking for for four and a half hours!

Piera was just amazed when I first sent a picture of the ring and then called to tell her the good news. She came straight back to the beach to collect it and was still a bit stunned but very thankful. I never did hear any of the stories this ring held but with 75 years of history and beginning it’s life in a prison of war camp I am so happy that it’s story can continue..

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Against all Odds – Keys Found on Paihia Beach

from Paihia (New Zealand)
Contact: 021 401 626

Two Tourists Stranded in Paradise!

I was just heading down onto the beach for a random hunt when I was approached by Derek, “Will that find keys?”.

“Yep, where did you lose them?”.
“Last night walking between that pole and those toilets… They’re the keys for the campervan and we’re stuck here without them”.
The time of night they were lost put it at low tide, which left me with roughly 1.2 hectares of beach where they were hiding – And that’s assuming a walker hadn’t picked them up since. I was brutally honest with him about the very slim chances of finding them with a coil the size of a dinner plate, but had to give it my best.

I checked the waterline first as the tide was already coming in, then once I had cleared a buffer there against the encroaching tide, I headed up to the probable line of their route to the beach.

A short time later, I got a big hit in the dry powdery sand. Scuffed the surface of the sand off with my foot and there they were. I quietly pocketed them and headed back to the van, head hung in mock defeat.
I couldn’t help but wind Derek up a little about how it was such a huge area, and the chances of finding them today were virtually nil…before pulling the keys out of my pocket.
Derek and Gemma could now continue their holiday through NZ 

 

Diamond Heirloom Ring Lost and Found.. Twice! Palm Beach, Rockingham, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

I’d just been beaten out of the water by mother nature trying to find a lost gold and diamond ring at Leighton Beach in Perth when I got a call from Dan who’s wife had lost a very sentimental gold and twin diamond ring her mother had passed down to her. During our conversation I learnt that Dan had already bought a metal detector and scanned the sand around the volley ball net where she’d lost it. He had not had any luck. Although an hour down the coast from me at Palm Beach, in Rockingham and after having already spent 3 hrs or so detecting in building ocean conditions I agreed to come down straight away as Dan, Chloe, their son, daughter and friends were still at the beach where Chloe had felt her ring come off.

The family had set up their own mini volleyball net and it was here that Dan showed me where Chloe had been when she felt it come off as she was not yet back. I set about searching her side of the court first even though physics would often dictate that the ring had gone over the net somewhere, possibly even into the water just 5-6m away.

I got a bit excited when I quickly got a loud (recently lost), double blip signal from my headphones.

Damn.. its a drinks ringpull.. that will learn me I thought, it sounded too good to be true

The next signal I mentally analyzed a tad slower in my head then looked over to Dan and said “this

sounds even better!” The great sounding target was not in a good place physics wise but I drove my sand scoop into the sand under the shallow signal and felt something solid hit the bottom as I lifted it out of the sand.

In the bottom was a silver ring.. Oh and it has two lovely diamonds on it.. I looked again to Dan as I removed the ring from the scoop and said “can’t be too many twin diamond white gold rings just lying around eh?”. Dan was already running toward me and quickly identified it as his wifes ring.. Dan’s face was priceless, a mix of dis-belief, joy, excitement and thanks!

Chloe was actually out on a jetski at the time so I said to Dan and friends “why don’t we make this a bit more special? Believe it or not I convinced Dan to actually throw it back in the sand but on the side of the court where by right’s it should have flown in the first place. I resumed detecting as Chloe was nearing on the jetski. Dan brought her over to introduce us and I began to ask her version of what had happened and then asked her to show me. She demonstrated the spike she did when she felt the ring come off and I indicated the theoretical line the ring may have gone to her. I then started detecting toward it knowing I would just miss it moving away from her but detect it coming back toward her. When I did I took my headphones off and called her over. When she was kneeling beside me I siad “now just have a feel carefully in the sand just there..”. Well although she was careful I actually saw the ring nearly touch her hand, twice, before I pointed to exactly where to feel in the sand. Well Chloe was exstatic when she finally lifted her mum’s ring from the sand, she’d looked shocked at first but then erupted in a huge smile of realisation it really was her mum’s ring. Next she gave me a big hug then an amazed look!

It was now that Dan and I explained what had really happened and showed her where I had actually found it!

The family smile pic shows the effect all this had on them, turning a not so good day at the beach into a great one..

Loved doing this search for you guys.. happy new year!

Precious Ring Lost In The Ocean, Hammersley Pool, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Milena called about midday to ask if I could find her diamond and ruby, gold ring which she had lost whilst swimming in Hammersley Pool two day’s prior. I said “sure can” and “there’s no time like now” and soon set about throwing my gear in the ute and headed straight to Hammersley Pool about an hours drive away. Normally I would have taken only one detector and off loaded my dive gear before leaving.. what a shame I didn’t but the reason for this comment will become clear a little later in the story..

Four or five people had been searching for Milena’s precious ring the day before in snorkling gear but alas it had not been found.

What a beauty Milena!

Milena had a pretty good idea where it had come off so I handed her my video camera as I felt confident it would soon capture me finding her ring. I waded into the water and began detecting across the pool to the reef at the back of the pool. About three meters from the reef I heard the first signal to come from my whites surfmaster underwater metal detector so far and the signal smacked of being a gold ring.

I had my back to Milena as I pushed my scoop into the sand under where the signal had come from and shook the scoop as I raised it to the surface. I was pretty certain this was her ring and if whatever it was, was in the first scoop it had not been very deep and that meant it had not been there for long and was therefore even more likely to be Milenas ring. Just before the scoop appeared above the water I felt a solid object hit the bottom of the scoop, this turned into a rattle, a distinctly gold sounding rattle. Tentatively I looked in and low and behold Milenas gorgeous ruby and diamond ring lay in the bottom.

I took a moment to think, then abruptly turned around, lifted my detector in the air with one hand and Milenas ring in the other and yelled “Yeaahh, I’ve found it Milena!”

Me, Milena, her ring and her son, daughter and three grandchildren all enjoying the moment..

I was so excited I literally paddled, ran and jumped my way back toward the beach and we reckon I managed to put her ring back in her hand in about two minutes flat!

 

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Beach Wrestling Causes Wedding Ring Loss, Rottnest Island, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Riley and a heap of mates had been touring Rottnest Island during a friends buck’s party when he had lost his wedding ring. The poor bloke had only gotten married just the week before! He had discovered his ring was missing while waiting for the half hour ferry ride back to Perth. A quick google for ‘metal detecting service’ had turned up my number and he called me from the ferry.

He explained that there had been a fair bit of alcohol drunk and he couldn’t be sure when he had lost it. I knew from his account that there were about 10 of them in the group so I figured a few photo’s were likely to have been taken during the day’s various activities.

Scene of the crime!

They were all together on the ferry and most were still having a pretty good time by the sound of it! This made communication difficult but after asking Riley to check any photo’s they had to see when he last had his ring on we were able to narrow it down to the very last activity which had been a wrestling match on the sand in a remote secluded bay on the south side of Rottnest Island called Porpoise Bay. Although it could have been lost anywhere from the road, down a bush track to the remote beach, it certainly seemed most likely that the wrestling ring in the sand was where the ring would be.

It was now too late for me to catch the last ferry out to the Island so I planned to get on the first ferry in the morning and hopefully find Riley’s precious before he had to tell his wife what had happened!

The next day I arrived on the Island with my metal detector and bike and set off for the south coast and Porpoise Bay. The actual site is called Henrietta Rock’s which is named after the Henrietta shipwreck which is only meters off the cliffs and is often partially out of water at low tide.

The lads had marked a large wrestling circle in the sand and had been taking turns to turf each other out of the circle but when I got to the beach I found no evidence of the circle as although it was close to low tide a stiff south west wind was keeping the beach awash with water and although I was able to detect, the water was full of seaweed which made the detector I had brought with me a little unsuitable. I resolved to come back in a few hours as I expected the wind to die off over the next few hours and make it a bit easier to search the area properly.

Riley’s 1 week old wedding ring

When I returned there was a beach again so I was soon in search of the ring. I realised I’d made the right decision to wait as I found the Riley’s ring on just my third pass and only just in the water. I knew I had actually metal detected over the ring earlier but not heard it due to the false signals and trouble the seaweed had caused. When I retrieved Riley’s ring it took 3 scoops to dig it out! It was down a good 12″ already in just one night.

Pretty pleased with myself I headed back to the road to get some cellphone reception and called Riley to tell him the news. He really was over the moon about it as he said he didn’t really think I would find it but that he had had to try so at least he could tell his wife he had tried everything to get it back!

Order has been restored!

I met Riley and his wife later that day to return the ring, and he had told her the full story by this time so both were very happy as evidenced by their smile photo. Happy days you two!

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Fire, Fire, Fire And A Lost Wedding Ring Rescue, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Keith and his wife Julie had been visiting their daughter when during a light hearted bit of volleyball Julie had spiked the ball only to feel her wedding ring shoot straight up in the air but did not see where it had come down again.

Julie and family posed with her ring returned.

When I arrived I could see that the entire volleyball court had been methodically hand raked by the whole family for several hours but alas they had not found the missing ring.

I asked Julie to stand where she thought she had been at the time of the loss and demonstrate the spike she had done when she felt her wedding ring shoot off. It was pretty much a vertical movement so I began my search along the edge of the net on her side of the volleyball court.

The first signal I got I knew was not her ring but it had all the signs of being an aussie $2 coin which it was but the second signal had a distinct double tone which many shallow rings will give and sure enough there it was Julie’s fabulous wedding ring! Well the family couldn’t believe I’d been able to find it in under a minute when they’d all spent several hours looking for it on hands and knees!

One wedding ring no longer mis-behaving!

After a few smile photos and a bit of back slapping I returned to my car and set off home. As I drove out the gate my phone rang so I pulled over and took a call from a fellow ringfinder on the side of the road. As I was speaking to him about an unsuccessful underwater search for a diamond earing lost during a night dive (who goes night diving wearing expensive diamond earings) I said hang on.. I got out of the car and ran up the road towards the smoke I had just noticed about 150 meters ahead at the intersection of the road I was on and sure enough it was a fresh bushfire starting on the side of the road. We’d had a 42 degrees celsius day only four days back and Perth has had a total fire ban in place for a long while now.

Fire out! Not much to see, just a little smoke in front of fire truck..

I ran back to the car and screamed up the road to it to find the flames were already 3-4 meters high. I tried stopping two cars as they drove by it but they just keep going.. you can probably imagine what I yelled after them!! The next car did stop and all he had was a spade so I said call the fire dept while I get some water back down the road. I managed to get a full size fire extinguisher from one of the residents where I’d just rescued the ring and raced back to the fire and in my best firefighting shorts and thongs managed to put out about 90% of the fire. I raced back to where I’d gotten the extinguisher from expecting another one to be ready for me as there were many units there but was told “sorry but we can’t give you another due to the property policies!!!!” I didn’t wait around to argue but obviously I was astonished.

I returned to the fire and noted the police had already arrived. One of the officers was standing 3 meters from the fire with a small fire extinguisher just staring at the fire which had by now grown again and as I approached him I said “are you going to use that?”. He replied “do you know how to?” I didn’t answer of course, I simply grabbed it from him, pulled the lock pin and put out 99% of the fire before the bottle was empty. Luckily as I got back onto the road the local bush fire truck arrived and soon wet the area down to prevent re ignition… pheww.

This situation was so so close to becoming a major bush fire requiring helicopters etc.

All in a days work eh. Ring Rescues to the rescue!!

Lost Wedding Ring Found In Armadale Garden, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Ray had been doing some gardening a week ago and after going inside to wash up had discovered his treasured wedding ring was missing. Ray had lost his wife of 38 years earlier in the year so his wedding ring had become especially sentimental to him since then. He had also lost a lot of weight over the last year which was probably the main culprit with respect to losing it. He’d spent a week looking for it before finding my service and shooting me a desperate message for help in locating it.

I messaged him straight back and shortly later he rang and explained what he thought had happened to it. I arranged to come out immediately and search for it.

When I arrived I discovered Ray had had some more sour luck as he met me in a wheelchair on the front lawn and explained he’d managed to fall down some steps and had broken his foot in three places.

After asking the usual preliminary investigation questions I set about searching the lawn and garden.

Property searches can be especially difficult due to the huge amount of metal rubbish that tends to accumulate around houses.. the older the house, the worse it gets and this was no different. As I suspected there were reticulation fittings in the lawn, reticulation solenoid wiring, wire, nails, screws, reinforcing steel in the concrete garden edging and a metal fence bordering the garden as well as close overhead powerlines!

These situations really call on all of ones prior experience and can be most frustrating. Luckily my experience told me just what to listen for as far as signals from my metal detector goes and allowed me to

Hope this turned the ‘luck’ tide for you Ray

ignore all the signals in the lawn and as Ray watched me stop and wave my wand over various spots and then move on, I eventually stopped, knelt down and sure enough the first signal I’d decided fitted the bill was Rays ring, I knew straight away as one edge of his two tone gold wedding band was actually still partially visible in the dark soil of the garden bed.. Hooray! As you can see in the attached pic it was all smiles and thumbs up from there, even Dylan Dog’s wearing a smile!..

My pleasure Ray and merry xmas..

Heirloom Ring Lost For Five Years.. Found! East Fremantle, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

A little bit of magic!

Julie had a great day recently when one of two sentimental rings which had dissapeared five years ago suddenly appeared in the sand outside her home. Her grandson had a habit of throwing things out the window and when she found one of the rings recently she thought perhaps the other more sentimental ring (her mothers) might be nearby. This encouraged her to think about the possibility it could be found with a metal detector.

Julie then tried searching ‘metal detecting service’. Uncle google soon gave up my contact details and after explaining what she thought may have happened I asked her to take some photo’s of the area so I could determine how best to go about finding it.

After seeing where the first ring had turned up I felt confident that her mum’s beautiful ring would likely be not far away and arranged a time the next day to come and search for it.

The house had been built around the end of WW2 so over the years all sorts of metal rubbish had accumulated in the garden bed outside the window the first ring had been thrown out so I had to detect and remove a fair amount of it as there were plenty of signals in the range I was looking for. After clearing the area somewhat I was now able to detect the area properly without so much signal masking and before long I got the exact sort of signal I was hoping for.. a quick excavation of the target revealed the beautiful pure ironstone gem set in her mother’s ring. Julie’s daughter had just announced she had to leave and was about to do so when I said “umm can you come back for a minute?”

Still looking great after 5 years hiding in the dirt!

Julie and her daughter came back out onto the deck above me and when they looked over I just beamed them a smile as I pointed to the ring still in the dirt to my left. After a moment they put it all together and turned to embrace each other as the emotion washed over them. This was just priceless to watch and why I absolutely love what I do!