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Wedding Ring Lost On Sports Field Found! Mossman Park, Perth Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Peter had been kicking a football with his son’s team mates before watching their AFL match. At the end of the third quarter after running the water bottles out to the team on the field he noticed his wedding ring of 17 years was missing. He and some other parents had searched in earnest for the ring before the next match began. During the next game he had googled for help and shortly after I got a call from him late morning. After gleaning the full picture of his movements around and across the field and when he had last seen the ring I asked him to find out when the last match for the day would end and to let me know so I could meet him then to conduct a search for the ring.

Back in business!

We met at the grounds in the late afternoon and he walked me around the various areas he’d been. The kids play on a reduced size field from the adults but even reduced in size it was still as big as a full size rugby field!

I used string lines and tent pegs to grid off the various areas and began a methodical search of the identified areas. Where he and the other parents had been on the sideline in front of the clubhouse had many gold like signals but most were deep, without any obvious ground disturbance so I completed that area with no joy.

The grass was quite short so I was half expecting the ring to be proud on the surface and was searching with both my eye’s and detector figuring that even if it had been trodden on during one of the games or on the sideline that at least a portion of the ring might still be visible.

The second area searched was part of the playing field. As I was working my way back towards the goal posts where he had been kicking the ball with the kids pre-match, a man approached Peter and asked him what we were doing (it always makes me cringe as I hear my client tell them what I am searching for). After finding this out he and his kids who could see me working close lines back and forth across the search area started to do the same within my marked out area. It occured to me to ask them to stop as they could tread the ring into the ground but decided not to as I couldn’t afford to waste time on the inevitable “we were just trying to help” type coversation as I did not have a lot of time before it would be dark, and I still had about 50% of the total area left to search.

Peter’s precious..

Upon finding the ring I had planned to stop searching, walk over to Peter and ask what the ring looked like etc whilst discreetly tossing the ring just behind him, so that when he answered I could point behind him and say, “does it look like that one?” which would give me time to snap a sneaky ‘smile pic’ as he picked it up in disbelief and turned back to me, which would be both a bit of fun and far more memorable for both of us.

Unfortunately the man who had decided to jump ahead of my search soon saw it and stole my thunder! Bugger, bugger, bugger. If you don’t quite understand why I wouldn’t be so happy about that, I’d been methodically searching for a bit over an hour at this stage and it is the anticipation of the feeling you get in ‘the moment of finding’ that is why we are able to keep going for hours on end (sometimes days), and as much as any reward that may be given, is a great part of why we can do it. Anyway despite the anticlimax the ring was found and returned to it’s rightful owner. Of course it was inside the my marked out search area and about 6 more passes back and forth and I would likely have ‘specked’ it!

Lost Ring Elkhorn Nebraska

from Gretna (Nebraska, United States)
Contact: 1-402-429-2163

Hi my name is Ted Erickson If you have lost anything of value in the Omaha and Elkhorn Gretna area in your yard recently or in the last 20 years I have a metal detector and can help you find it. I have over 35 years experience in finding items made of metal Im retired and can pretty much get out any day of the week. please call 402-429-2163.

9 LIVE Interview With Perths Own Ring Finder Sean Boddie, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Hi guys n gals. A few nerves what to say to begin with but pretty stoked with my first go at T.V ! Talk about dropping me in the deep end…

Check it out here…

4 Day Sea Search Finds Heirloom Rings, Bunker Bay, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Maurice had brought his family out to Western Australia for the trip of a lifetime and had been having just that when tradgedy had struck.

Just a few days before leaving Australia the family had gone to the beach at Bunker Bay in the beautiful South West of Western Australia. Maurice had set himself up close to the waters edge with an easel and canvas to paint the picture perfect bay. His wife and daughter were playing in the ocean throwing a soft sponge ball between them, side on to the shore. As his wife had dived sideways to catch the ball her nanas engagement ring along with her wedding ring and a two tone gold band had shot off her finger towards the open sea.

They had all been looking for the rings in the water when local lifegaurds approached to tell them to get out of the water due to the two large bronze whaler sharks which had just been sighted from the rescue helicopter entering the bay. As the two sharks proceeded to cruise the shoreline about 15m out, Maurice had told the lifegaurds of their distress. Luckily one of the lifegaurds had witnessed me find a German mans lost platinum wedding ring (only about 25m from where Maurices wife had lost hers) right in front of him the year before and he’d taken some of my business cards at the time so was able to give them one and recommend that they give me a call.

As I heard the loss story I was already googling the weather and tides for the area. I determined the weather and tides would be suitable for

Scene of the crime!

a sea search in a few days. They would be unable to meet me there due to their holiday itinerary taking them much further south to Albany so it appeared I would be flying solo on this search.

Two days later I packed up the ute with equipment, told the dog we were going for a long drive and may be camping to which he wagged his tail in approval.

3 hrs later we arrived and although I had directions as to where in the water the three rings had been lost, I queried the lifegaurds to cross reference and hopefully narrow down the search area. They pointed to the exact same area! I then spent about 4 hrs in the water that day finding a few fresh sinkers and very little else.

Studying the beach whilst I was doing this I realised the beach had just entered a beach errosion state where sand is stripped from the foreshore and then is typically deposited about 5-10 metres out in the ocean, quickly burying anything lost there in sand, sometimes as much as 1-3 feet of sand in just a few hours at times. I was really worried this had happened as it could make the rings impossible to detect. Also the location given by Maurice and the lifegaurds was almost identical and if they were correct, it was right in the middle of one of the scallops developing on the adjacent shoreline. A scallop forms where the sand has been eaten away from the beach, leaving a hump on either side and then another scalloped area.

The tide was well on its way in now so I quit for the day resolving to stay the night and try again on the low tide the following day.

This I did, searching the same area again with the same result.. two more sinkers! Unfortunately a storm was due overnight so I had to return to Perth and wait for better conditions. That didn’t occur for about a week but when it did off I went to have another go.

My dog thought this was a great idea of course, whereas I would have to admit my hopes were not high that the erosion state of the beach had reversed at all let alone enough to make detection of the rings possible. I was sure they had not had enough weather to have moved so upon arrival I set about searching the area for a third time. After a few hours with no joy and an incoming tide I decided to try a diving search just that little bit deeper than I had been searching so far and spent an hour and a half or so doing that, also with no joy. This was begining to feel a bit hopeless at this stage but never one to give up easily I resolved to pitch the a tent for the night and have one last try the next day.

Up bright and early I tried to muster some motivation and fight any negative thoughts which can be hard as you’re donning a cold wet wetsuit at 6am to look for something tiny in a big ocean that seems to not want to be found. Anyway some hours of searching later the “come on now time to pack it in side of my brain was arguing with my dogged determination to find it side when as I passed right in front of where

Family heirlooms

Maurice had been painting I heard a very weak, deep signal. I remember saying to my self “come on man this is the last one, then its time to head home with your tail between your legs!” Well I dug and I dug and I dug. Must have been 6-7 scoops before I finally heard a rattle in the botom of the scoop. Peering in, my heart nearly flipped as I saw a big diamond glinting back at me, I’d found it, the most sentimental and by far the most expensive of the three rings. Tucking it away safely I returned my dual fields coil to the hole I’d dug and bingo there was another signal in the hole! Another scoop and rattle rattle thats no2. Despite two of the rings being in the same hole and the fact that the

Sweet success!

wedding ring should be within a few feet of the first two, no amount of extra careful detecting could find it and as it got too deep to continue I had to leave it be and return to Perth.

Maurice would be returning to Perth the next day and flying back to England the morning after so we arranged a place to meet. I never did meet Maurice’s wife as she had been just too upset about it all so I can only imagine the smile she wore after getting her nanas engagement ring and one of the two others back, but if Maurice’s was anything to go by she was going to be extremely happy!

 

 

 

Gold Ring Lost in Sea at Russell, Bay of Islands – Found!

from Paihia (New Zealand)
Contact: 021 401 626

John was out swimming off Long Beach at Russell in the Bay of Islands, and realising he’d forgotten to leave his gold wedding band behind took it off and dropped it inside his wetsuit for security.  All went to plan, until, at the end of his swim and while wading ashore he unzipped the wetsuit and folded it down.  The inevitable happened, however it wasn’t until he was back at the car and out of the wetsuit he remembered the now absent ring.

He spent some time looking for his treasured gold ring in the grass in the carpark and retraced his steps up and down the beach without luck.

I came into the story three days later and made the journey over to hopefully reunite John with his lost ring.

John was up to getting wet again, so I asked him to take one of my marker floats out and drop it at his best guess for the start point.

Starting initially with a spiral search pattern in the immediate area out to 5m, I then ran parallel sweeps back into the beach in the direction of his travel back to the car – pausing to brace into the occasional larger breaking waves.

Once in the shallows, I took a short break to remove the wetsuit and switch to dry gear for the remainder of the beach, continuing the overlapping parallel sweeps back to the car – With no luck.

I always aim to run at 90-95% probability of detection, and the fact I hadn’t found it irritated me. I explained to John that the chances of missing it were slim, so there was a possibility it had fallen out on the hard sand or grass and been picked up. The search corridor marked out allowed for plenty of space either side of his track, so I was confident it wasn’t there.

John accepted the loss, we shook hands and he headed on his way home.

After packing the gear away, I grabbed a coffee from the nearby vendor and sat in the car looking at the beach with the search grid in the sand… I wasn’t happy about something, but couldn’t pin it down.  I needed to have another go on the “Assume Nothing, Believe No-One and Confirm Everything” principle.

What if John hadn’t come in on the direct line he thought he had?  Watching the swimmers and kids splashing around for a few minutes, I saw there was a subtle longshore drift dragging them along the beach. I decided to go back in and extend the search corridor.

Didn’t bother with the wetsuit this time, just grabbed the scoop and detector and headed back to the edge of the previous search area and started adding another 10m to it in the direction of the current.

After maybe 15 minutes, I got that solid gold ‘thud’ in the phones, and the scoop picked it up first time.

I headed back to the car and not having Johns number, phoned his wife to give the good news and ask her to get John to turn around and come back.  He was a very happy chap when I dropped the ring in his hand.

 

 

 

3 Hour Drive To Rescue A Gold Pendant, Dunsborough, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Simon and a bunch of mates from Perth, had headed 3 hours south to Dunsborough for a boys weekend. They had rented a holiday house set in the bush and had been having a good old time when someone suggested a game of volleyball on the sand court in the backyard.

Now volleyball and jewellery are not the best of mates, let me tell you. As you can probably guess, Simon was spiking the volleyball when he

Sifting for gold! In hindsight I reckon the owner (far right, shirt off) is standing on top of it!

felt a tug at his neck. When his feet hit the ground he instinctively felt for his precious gold pendant and sure enough the pendant was missing.

The match ended there as all the boys pitched in to rake their hands through the sand in search of Simons pendant. Someone had the bright idea to try sifting for it but unfortunately that didn’t work either, probably because I reckon Simon (shirt off on the right of the photo) is standing right on top of it! When this approach had failed one of his friends tried googling for a metal detecting service and shortly after I got a call from Simon to explain what had happened.

They only had the house for one more day so I said I could head down straight away and see if I could reunite him with it asap.

After meeting the crew, who by mid-afternoon were a rather cheerful bunch of characters, Simon and his twin brother Alex showed me out the back to the scene of the loss.

The rest of the crew arrived shortly after to watch the show so as I would have an audience I wondered if I should go straight to the area of the court where he’d thought he’d lost it (i.e where they are all standing in the photo) or work my way from the back of the court up to the area. As much as one side of my brain liked the first option I resisted the temptation and decided on the latter as I felt sure there would be coins and potentially other jewellery lost in the sand court. I was partly right as I dug 5c first , then 10c, then 20c and 50c in that order. I also quickly found that there were buried pipes around the edges of the court which didn’t help on the detecting side of things. I just had to hope the pendant wasn’t sitting on top or beside one of the pipes which it could be as I’d had Simon show me what he was doing at the time of the loss and he was more side on to the net when it had occured so I figured I would find it close to the right edge of the court or past it when I thought through the possible physics involved in the loss.

The boy’s got a bit excited each time I stopped, knelt and turned on my pinpointer but each time it was a coin or something else so their

Made in Italy.

excitement had ebbed away after 5 or six of these false alarms! As I got to the volleyball net for the second time I heard a soft edged, loud signal in my headphones and thought “please be it”. It was just the sort of tone I’d been listening for and a quick glance at the

Simon’s precious returned along with his smile!

target I.D on my AT-PRO detector told me this time it was not a coin and was about what I’d expect for a flat gold pendant. I swung the detector across it from different angles and felt even more sure as there was some variation in signal length and i.d indicating an iregular shape or angle. Most objects lost in sand end up laying flat before too long Kneeling once more I poked my pinpointer in the sand to locate the target and then felt for the object. Pulling it from the sand there was a glint of gold and then the whole pendant appeared in my hand as the sand fell away.

“Found it” I yelled. The boys excitement returned real quick and so did Simon’s smile. He certainly looked very relieved.

After a bit of whooping and high fiving I was treated to a few beers (cheers guys) as I got asked to recount a few stories of past recoveries which seemed to keep them well entertained for an hour or so.

Before I’d had too many beers to drive I bid the lads farewell and headed off on the three hour return trip back to Perth, feeling rather pleased I’d been able to reunite Simon with his sentimental momento from Italy on the same day he’d lost it..

Gotta say I never get tired of that feeling and can’t wait till I’m needed again.. bye for now.

 

 

 

Lost Rings at Night! – Pensacola Beach – FOUND!

from Pensacola (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-346-1736

Well, I’m not sure if this counts as 2 rings or more but I am sure that Kelly and Bill are absolutely thrilled that I was able to put them back on her hands where they belong. Kelly and Bill have been married for 25 years and have been down vacationing from Michigan. Kelly folded her rings into her swimsuit early in the day for safekeeping and forgot they were there when she got up later to meet her sister. You can imagine her shock when she realized they were gone that evening. Kelly went ahead and called me even though it was nighttime and I’m glad she didn’t wait. Bill had gone out with a sand flea rake for fishing and combed the area already to no avail. I told him later that he had actually just made the rings go deeper and deeper every time he disturbed the sand because of the density of gold. Luckily for Kelly and Bill, I have a wonderful wife and even though we were at dinner 30 minutes away, she offered to ride with me and we immediately went home and grabbed my gear. I met Bill in the parking lot and he walked me down to the area he thought they had lost them. I could see all of the rake marks and I told Bill I would start my search there and then fan out if needed. I absolutely love night searches on the beach. It’s nice and cool and you can hear the waves over the hum of the machine in my headphones. You can enjoy the stars without bumping into sunbathers and it’s just a great time to enjoy what I do. I also knew that I had a very anxious couple waiting on the outcome so I was very glad that as I made my first pass I heard a faint gold sound. I was a little surprised at how deep it was even though I knew Bill had thoroughly raked the area. When my first gentle scoop to five inches came back empty I thought to myself that they were very lucky they called me and I had the machine that I was using. The second scoop was the charm and I reached down and dug the first ring out of the scoop to make sure I didn’t scratch it. When I saw that I had them both in the scoop, I smiled and handed them to Bill. With a shaky hand, he asked me to hold the light and he took a picture and sent it to Kelly in the room so she could stop worrying immediately. We walked back up and told my wife that I was already done in less than 10 minutes and Bill asked us both to come up and meet Kelly. When we walked in the door I was quickly reminded why I do this. Bill and Kelly both got choked up remembering how much those rings had been a part of over the last 25 years. I was glad that my wife got to witness that and I hope Bill and Kelly have many, many more happy years together. 👍😃

 

Lost Men’s Platinum Wedding Ring at Sand Bar, Kaneohe…..Found!

from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)
Contact: 1-808-285-8370

Clint Dodson was enjoying a Father/Daughter day at the Sand Bar in Kaneohe Bay. Clint was throwing around a football having a great time when his wedding band he had worn for 16 years sailed off with the next throw. He thought it was lost forever. Sarah, who worked for Clint, looked up Ring Finders and gave me a call. I met the boat at the docks and went out to the sandbar to metal detect. Luckily Clint had used his iPhone to tag the exact GPS location. However it was late in the day, the kids were cold and everyone wanted to head home. I gave the area two passes but turned up nothing. I took a visual location and returned the next day, kayaking with my sweetheart who helps me metal detect to the sandbar. It took 3.5 hours, but I found it. While standing knee deep in the water, I sent the above picture to Clint and asked ‘Is this your ring?’ He replied ” Holy crap! yes that’s my ring”. We made it back home a few hours later and Clint came over to pick up the ring. He could not believe he had his ring back. So happy!

Snow White Gold Ring Lost & Returned

from Boise (Idaho, United States)
Contact: 208-345-8898

Zack just got married and was doing a photo shoot in the beautiful white snow at the lake with his new white.  Well as he did the famous Leap into the Air picture for the photographer, he felt the ring slide off his hand.  They searched for hours and nothing.  Went back to Boise, rented a detector and returned the next day.  They dug all kinds of targets and still nothing.

Gerry gets the call and meets Zak up there to see the area and realize the situation.  I could feel the heartbreak in his voice and was not sure if it was cold or the loss of the custom made ring.  With no time to spare I start a search in the dead center of their old search area.  Not even a minute into the hunt I get the right tone I was expecting and could tell is was something of the right size too.

A few kicks into the snow and there flips out a ring and at the same time a whoop of joy.

LOST WEDDING BAND IN LAKE CHARLES, LA. – FOUND

from Lafayette (Louisiana, United States)
Contact: 1-337-280-3077

Susan called to ask for help in finding her husband’s lost tungsten wedding band.  It was slung off his wet finger a month before when opening their camper door. Carrie and I left the next day for the 70 mile trip. On arriving, we found the grassy search area to be small in the RV lot. We began the search of the lot. Next to the grassy area was a fenced area for a water system. Sid hunted the fenced area facing the RV. After 2 hours of searching and re-searching the yard and rock driveway, we had not found the ring. Susan, Carrie and Sid had gathered up near the rear side of the water system to discuss the next step when Carrie saw a sparkle from the rocks around the water system. In plain view laying on the rocks was the ring. Lost items are not always where you expect them to be. After the happy trio took pictures, we were on our way back home. Thank you, Susan, for your generous reward.

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