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Lost Engagement Ring Recovered Western Wisconsin in Apple River.
I received a phone call from the mother of a friend of a gal that had lost her ring in the Apple River. For those that are unfamiliar with the Apple River, its about a 3.6-mile meandering river through the Wisconsin countryside. It has a couple of tubing companies that rent out tubes and will bring you back following your floating adventure. The summer weekends are always busy with floaters from all around. When floating it is always possible to drop something along the way.
Its not uncommon for people to get separated from some their possessions while enjoying a leisurely float down the river. If what you have lost floats you might be able to recover it quickly. Many people wear sandals and one gets knocked off, you can yell to a buddy to grab it or keep and eye on it and you will be able to recover it. Other times people may drop jewelry and not know where on the river it came off. When I received a phone call saying that a person had dropped a ring, I thought it would be almost impossible to find without a known location. Even with a location it is exceedingly difficult to find something like a ring. I mentioned to the mother that without a known location there is no way to find it.
Later the next night, I received another call, this time from Colton the fiancé of the Maria that had lost the ring. He said that he did have a known location and it happened to be where everyone gets out of the river following the ride. In the process of getting off the tube trying to get her feet under herself with the current and slippery submerged boulders under foot, she saw the ring slip off her finger and fall into the river. She was also trying to stay upright while catching some tipping coolers and contents. That night the group of friends ran to a local store and bought some snorkels and masks. They searched well into the night without finding the ring. That’s when they looked up Ring Finders and came across several of the Ring Finders in the area. They did call Ring Finder Darrin Gray. Darrin has been in Ring Finders the longest and has the recoveries to prove it. This one was further away for Darrin and he suggested them to call me Paul Nolan being closer to the location of the missing ring. I must give a shout out to the Minnesota Ring Finders and Darrin in particular; he works very well with the other Ring Finders in the area to help facilitate successful recoveries.
I arranged to meet Colton, Maria’s fiancé out on site to go over the particulars about the location for this recovery. I started out getting acquainted with the flow of the river and trying to determine how far out she was into the river. In the middle of the river the current is much swifter and moving quite a bit faster than near the edges. So the difference in 8-10 feet makes a huge difference on where the ring would end up on the bottom.
I jumped in with my Garrett AT Pro metal detector in hand and my pro point pin pointer. Both are water resistant up to about 10 feet. I start out generally making a primary search of that covers the area most likely to have the lost item. In this case there were all kinds of obstacles that were going to make things much more challenging. The current, other tubers coming down tied together in a big flotillas. The river is about 3-4 feet deep with a lot of large boulders hidden underwater. These boulders are covered with a slippery surface so walking in the river becomes incredibly challenging. Searching between the scattered rocks and with small debris from years of floaters like, rivets from jeans, bathing suit zippers, pop tops, and parts to glasses scattered about. All these metallic objects set off a metal detector. So I worked the area from a semi standing position, slipping and falling many times trying to locate the ring. My chins and legs where getting banged up by slipping on rocks. I think I spent 4-5 hours out on site the first day. The only reason I left that night was it was getting dark and I was the only one left. I decided it was just too dangerous being alone. So I packed it up for the night.
I went back out again the next day changing my approach slightly and brought goggles and a handheld pin pointer but now I switched over to a secondary search. This is a more methodical search of a grid area. You start out with 4×4 blocks and you search it and move over and search the next 4×4 grid. One trick I did was to turn off all other metal from what I was looking for. So knowing I was looking for a Gold ring turned all the other metals off and was running a very tight band. I did this for about 3 hours when my gear started getting waterlogged. A little water seeps in past some rubber o-rings and causes your equipment to become erratic. I also broke the plastic armrest on the detector fighting the current was putting so much pressure of the armrest. Adapting to the changing environment I spent the next 3 hours diving with goggles searching between rocks a looking in all the places that a ring might get lodged in. I had searched and area about 18’ x 40’ with some very strong current over half the area. Still nothing. I packed it in for the day and would go home and heal my legs and figure a way to modify the equipment to best work for the environment I was searching. So I dried everything out and went to work on making a new much shorter handle. I also switched to a smaller coil “the end of the detector that picks up the metal signal” The smaller coil allows me to separate out multiple targets that are close together. With the newly designed detector in hand I went back out for a third time. The detector with the shorter handle worked out OK. I could read the detector while operating it, it could be shortened a little more.
At this point you change again to searching the grid with all discrimination turned off and pick everything within reason. When you get a hit of a target you can read some information on the detector like type of metal, and how deep it is. If it is 4-5 inches down with a hard base you can rule those out. But if it is close to the surface you may have to dig those. I again worked for about 4+ hours and came up with nothing. This last day of searching was on a Monday morning when fewer people would be out. When I did show up I was met in the parking lot by a guy that had been around while I was searching. Only this time he was is in a wet suit with mask and snorkel. He had been searching for the ring and was telling me that it was not there…
A lot of people were finding out about the lost ring from various sources. This is not a good thing. You just never know if someone had come out and found the ring on you. About this time all kinds of questions start entering your head, was the ring really lost in this area? Did someone else find it? How am I missing it? Is it an equipment setup issue.
I heard from the Darrin and we were consulting about maybe having him come out with dive gear and search using scuba. I had also heard that Maria and her father were going to go out and searching for it on Wednesday. So I planned on meeting up with them on site and give this another go with information from the person that lost the ring. When I arrived Maria and her father were on site in the river with wet suits metal detector and snorkel and masks. I brought out a another ring and had Maria drop the ring in the same location and follow the ring. We did tie it off with some lite fishing line to help follow it to a resting place.
After locating the ring – Now this is where I had the search, so again I methodically started going over the area and picking everything that came up. The more targets that I removed the better it is. After about an hour and half I was picking up targets that needed to have hand sized rocks moved away to get to those targets. It also had about 3 inches of sand on the bottom. With the water current moving past you could wave your hand over the sand and could get it to wash away. After clearing an area I would move 3-4 feet and do it again. First wave the detector over the area and find locations of targets then go try and locate each target. The last target I waved my hand and thought I had seen a pop top pull tab circle. Whoa, it was to shinny for that waved my hand past it again and there was a shinny ring laying on the bottom of the river. Was this a bling ring that had been tossed earlier by Maria and her dad? Was this the ring we were looking for? I popped up and asked her father, he was trying to look at it and tried to take it off my finger still in the river. I clinched down and said not until we get to shore. Maria had meet us at the shore and could not believe what she saw. It was her ring. The ring held a lot of sentimental value being it held her grandmothers diamond that could not be replaced. She was in shock. What a happy reunion. She gave me a big hug. So thankful. I didn’t have my camera with because I didn’t want it stolen while I was in the water. So I asked that they send me a couple of photos later, and I would let them enjoy the moment. Maria was on the phone right away “ I cant believe he found it” That was music to my ears as I turned and walked back to my car gear in hand. Some finds are very fast, and some take time. This one was one of the most challenging finds I have ever had.
Lost Gold Diamond Woman’s Ring in Columbus, OH. “FOUND”
I received a call that she had lost her engagement ring while doing her normal daily activities around the house. From watering the flowers around the yard, pulling weeds, walking to the neighbors and getting in and out of the car. After searching the yard, there the ring appeared in the grass. She was very happy to have the ring returned to her to enjoy the many years to come.
Lost wedding ring in Surf City NJ found by Matt St.Germain
Earlier today I was tagged in a Facebook post about a lost wedding band. I promptly responded and was then messaged by Maggie. Her husband Danny was out on a kayak with one of their children and when they came back Danny and another family member went to flip the kayak over to carry it off the beach when Danny noticed something fall. At first he thought it was a shell but when they got back to the house he realized it must have been his wedding ring because it was no longer on his finger! I made arrangements to meet them this afternoon to conduct a search. They gave me an idea of where they entered the water and where they came out. There was a lot of people in the area but as they learned what had happened they very politely moved over as I searched. After about an hour and no luck I told them instead of continuing to ask people to move I would come back later after I finish this one last area that was open. During the 4th pass I got the sound I was waiting for. Sure enough I had it! I held it up in the air and yelled! They were so happy and surprised and everyone around us was amazed I had found it! Everyone was yelling and clapping with joy! Now they can continue enjoying the rest of the weekend with their children and family! I love this hobby!
Two rings lost in water at Fair Haven Beach – FOUND
A gentleman by the name of Brett called me and said that his wife had just lost her engagement and wedding rings in the water while swimming at Fair Haven Beach. I jumped into my car and met them at the beach and this video shows the successful hunt for her rings.
Lost Miraculous medal in LBI NJ Found by Matt St.Germain
On 8/1/20 in the afternoon i was contacted by Brett on behalf of his son Trent. They had just arrived in LBI from Illinois and within the first few hours of being here Trent went out to the beach around high tide and his chain came apart when he walked into the water about knee/waist deep. He caught the chain but his Miraculous medal was gone. After speaking with him about the general area i made arrangements to meet them at the location for the night time low tide. Once there they showed me about where Trent was when he lost it. Then i determined where it would be best to start searching by getting an idea of how high the water was when he lost it. I was halfway into my second pass when i found it buried about 8″ in the slope! Brett and Trent couldn’t believe i found it but they were very happy i did! Another happy client!
Lost Charms in Point Pleasant NJ Found By Matt St.Germain
On July 25th I was contacted by Nancy. She had gone to the beach in Point Pleasant on the north end 3 days earlier to take photos of the birds at the sanctuary area when a storm starting coming in. As it began to rain she quickly started walking back to the car and as she was lifting her camera strap over her head she felt something break. She assumed it was the strap but then found out once in the car it was her necklace that broke. The chain wound up inside her shirt but her 4 charms were no where to be found. The next day a friend went back to the beach with her along with others to search for them with no luck. I drew up a search area based on her description and went from there. The first time I went I also had no luck. The heat was getting to me so I decided to call it a day and regroup. I spoke to Nancy again and worked on narrowing down the search area. She told me what I came up with is exactly right. My friend and fellow ringfinders was a bit concerned they may have already been found since this beach is hunted constantly by many detectorists. So I went there again that night and slowly gridded the entire area. As I came across the last palm tree I finally got a signal I was hoping for. Out came the first charm! Little by little about a foot apart I had found all four of them!! Nancy and her husband Joe were completely shocked that I had found them! And even more so they were happy and relieved! I love being able to surprise someone like this when they pretty much already wrote off their lost item. Another great day!
Lost Platinum wedding ring found at Christmas Cove Beach in Northport, Mi
I received a late night email from Meghann that her husband Lynden had lost his wedding band in Lake Michigan at Christmas Cove beach earlier in the day. They spent from 4:30 pm till 9:00 pm looking for the ring but the waves and undertow was to bad to see anything. Meghann was researching underwater metal detectors and my information came up. I was actually down state 3 hours visiting my parents. I told her I could go search for the ring as soon as I got home. Due to the location I was not really worried about anybody else finding the ring.
I got home at 3:30 and loaded up to head to Christmas Cove. Lynden met me at the location to show me the exact the spot they were set up at. That always helps a lot and saves a lot of time. Gave me the indecent report. He was on his hand and knees with his younger children playing in the surf. He felt a rock bump the ring off his finger. He told me due to the large waves and undertow he wrote the ring off, I knew better though. The water was chocolate colored and the waves were crashing on shore pretty hard. The rain was starting back up so Lynden headed back home and was going to wait on my results. I made 3 passes back and forth with my Excalibur II then got a deep choppy signal. I dug down about 10 inches got the signal in the scoop and headed to shore with it before the waves got me. Dumped out the scoop and found the ring. Gave Lynden a text asking it he wanted this back. He immediately called and could not believe I found so fast it in all the waves and turmoil. He was about 15 minutes down the road so we met at a local grocery store.
White Gold Wedding Set Lost/Found At Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
On 07/18/2020, I received a phone call from Rebecca requesting my help in finding her lost wedding rings in the sand on the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Rebecca had been on the beach with her family when she took her wedding rings off of her finger in order to put sunscreen on her son. Rebecca placed her rings on their blanket right in front of her chair and she forgot to put them back on her finger. Rebecca stated that she did not notice that her rings were missing until they had left the beach so she went back to the beach to look for them and was unable to find them. Rebecca stated that a lady that was on the beach overheard that she had lost her rings and that same lady provided Rebecca with my telephone number. I met Rebecca at the beach and she showed me the area where she had been sitting when she took her rings off. I began a grid search of the area and during the first pass I recovered a quarter. I turned and began my second pass and as I got to the end of it I was able locate the two lost rings hiding in the soft sand. I handed Rebecca her recovered rings at which time she began to cry, she stated that she really did not think that I would be able to find her rings and then when I did she became emotional. Rebecca and I were starting to walk towards the dunes in order to take some pictures, I was greeted by a lady by the name of Donna and her husband. Donna had been the one who had given my telephone number to Rebecca, I had recovered a lost Gold/Diamond ring for Donna and her husband on Rehoboth Beach on 07/16/2018 and they had kept my information. I thanked them for the referral.
Palladium wedding band found in Glen Arbor, Michigan
I got a call from Rocky needing help finding his Palladium wedding ring. He was in shoulder deep water in Lake Michigan and felt his ring slip off his finger. We agreed to meet Friday morning at 9:00am.
I asked the normal questions when we first met. We marked off an area 50 feet wide by 70 feet long in the water. Rocky is 6 foot 5 I’m 5 foot 8. I searched out as deep as I could go then handed Rocky my Excalibur II. Rocky searched the deeper area I could not reach. We had no luck in finding the ring, so I started searching shallower all the way to the shoreline. I could tell Rocky was getting discouraged so I had him go search the condo to keep his mind busy. Ended up grid searching the 50 by 70 foot area twice from two different directions and did not find the ring. This took 5 1/2 hours to grid search the area twice.
After the 5 1/2 hours in the water I was whooped and ready to call it a day. Rocky just happened to walk back down to the beach. I had already had a couple conversations with him about what had happened. He stated his ring has never fallen off before and was not loose. I told him again something physical happened to cause the ring to slip off. He was still sticking to the story of having the feeling of his ring coming off his finger. I told him if he wanted his ring back he needed to trust me 100 percent. I told him that people are stressed when they find out there ring is gone and that moment is burned into there brain that is where the ring is at. I told him your mind plays games with you and we need to turn this into process of elimination. That something physical happened to cause the ring to come off. He thought about it for a couple minutes then said I trust you. Then I asked him what else has happened the last couple days.
He said well, I fell out of a Kayak a couple day ago up the river. He said he did not tell me about it because there is no way he went 1 1/2 days without his ring and not notice it missing. I told him we need to go to the spot he fell in asap. We paddled up to the spot then I fell out of the kayak in the same spot. When I stood up I saw a shinny round looking object on the bottom. I turned on the Excalibur II to make sure it was metal. I got a really loud nice signal. Bent down picked it up and handed him his ring. His reaction was about 8 NOWAY!’s On the paddle back down river I heard him ask himself how he went 1 1/2 days without noticing his ring missing.