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Scuba Diver Metal Detects Chesapeake Bay for Lost Wedding Ring…Found in Betterton, Maryland

  • from Washington (District of Columbia, United States)

Diver and Ring Finder, Brian Rudolph, recovers this 14 karat white gold wedding band for client who found Rudolph on metal detectorist directory website called THE RING FINDERS.

Scott could not have been happier as he once again holds his wedding ring for the first time in a month since the 14 karat white gold “symbol of love” disappeared in the Chesapeake Bay over 100 feet out from shore while swimming.

Brian Rudolph, Lost Item Recovery Specialist (Land, Water, Sand, Snow, Leaves, Cliffs, Houses & Vehicles) Will Find Your Lost Keepsake! Call ASAP (301) 466-8644!

Scott was enjoying time with his family during a week or two of vacation in Betterton, Maryland. During one of those fun days out at the beach, Scott sadly lost his very special 14 karat white gold wedding band while playing and swimming in the Chesapeake Bay. He knew he must have lost it out in the water because the young man had not taken it off before entering the Bay. Scott was really upset about losing his sentimental keepsake that was put on his finger by his bride Katie around 11 years earlier.

Three weeks went by and sometime after Scott had returned from vacation back to their Pennsylvanian home, he wondered if there was perhaps a way that he could possibly recover his lost wedding ring somewhere out there in the Chesapeake Bay. He looked online and eventually Scott found a beacon of hope…THE RING FINDERS – a specialized directory of metal detectorists who are experts in finding lost rings. Scott texted me and said:

“Hi Brian. I am aware that you might be someone that might be able to help me find my wedding band. I lost it in about five feet of water at low tide off of a beach near Betterton, Maryland. It might be a little too far for you but I thought I would reach out. Is this something you could help me find? Thanks for your consideration – Scott”

Soon after I received Scott’s correspondence, we connected by phone. I was very intrigued by the story and I told Scott that I was up for the challenge.

Another week would pass by before I was able to travel the two hours out to Betterton to conduct the search. Betterton is located at the mouth of the Sassafras River on the upper Chesapeake Bay in Kent County, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore region of the Bay.

When I arrived at the search site, Scott met up with me and he immediately took me down to the beach where he lost the wedding band in the water approximately 4 weeks earlier. Though it had been a month since the ring went “missing in action”, I was not intimidated by that particular fact. There were no guarantees as to what happened to the band, but I felt pretty sure that the jewel most likely buried itself in the sand below and was just waiting to be reunited with its owner.

This particular search would involve scuba diving. Scott was swimming out by a floating platform approximately 35 yards from shore (over 100 feet away). The water depth was between 5.5 and 7 feet deep, depending upon the current tide. There was no way that I could wade the water with a detector in hand at those numbers. I needed to dive for the ring with a tank on my back and have the necessary air supply to keep me submerged for a decent length of time.

It took some time to haul all of my scuba gear down the steep step path to the beach below. I had to carry: a 35 pound air tank, BCD, fins, exposure wear, regulators, dive weights up to 18 pounds, dive computer, mask, snorkel, water grid, underwater metal detectors and lots more! Scuba diving for lost rings is no simple matter. There is a lot of planning involved along with a lot of equipment required to perform such a recovery operation.

Once I assembled all of my gear along the bank of the Chesapeake, Scott went out into the water with me to orient me as to where he believed he was playing and swimming when the ring had most likely slipped off of his finger. I then began my dive and detection efforts.

I am excited to share that after a very short dive underwater (perhaps less than 30 minutes underwater), as I metal detected every square inch of the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay in the region where Scott took me to, I successfully identified and recovered my client’s lost wedding band! I was thrilled with my results!

At first, I pulled a few random pieces of metal such as pull tabs from coke cans and other pieces of scrap aluminum. And then…I got a really sweet signal coming approximately 15 to 20 feet from the floating swim platform. It was an exhilarating experience to feel around the object and to immediately identify the piece of metal as a ring! At that moment, I was pretty hopeful that the band that I had identified underwater was in fact Scott’s missing 14 karat white keepsake! It turned out that the inscription inside the band validated my hunch!

When I finally surprised Scott with my discovery, not only was he blown away by my ability to recover his very special memento from his wedding day, but all of the teens, adults and young children who were swimming and hanging out on shore erupted with excitement and multiple cheers!

I was so happy I could help Scott that day out in Betterton, Maryland! Moreover, after the successful ring recovery, I was introduced to a couple of lifetime Betterton residents who invited me and Scott into their home! We received cold drinks, were given a full history of the town, and we were shown a wonderful photo book of Betterton scenes and its people dating back to the 1930s! What a very special afternoon on the Eastern Shore that I will truly never forget!


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Lost Engagement Ring in Chesapeake Bay Three Days After Proposal…Found by Ring Finder Brian Rudolph

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Recovered from the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay by ring finder, Brian Rudolph: Madeleine’s exquisite 14 karat white gold engagement ring with a triple diamond set accompanied by additional accent diamonds mounted on either side of the band. And secondly, a sterling silver ring with multiple stones embedded around the band which temporarily held Madeleine’s “betrothal” jewel in place.

Madeleine and Matt were beyond excited that their nightmare was finally over now that THE RING FINDERS’ member, Brian Rudolph was able to successfully recover the amazing diamond ring from the Chesapeake Bay! The newly engaged young lady of only three days (when the ring was first lost) could not have been more grateful to God and for Brian’s expertise.

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Madeleine was proposed to by her college sweetheart Matt up in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He tried to make the proposal really special by taking his girl to a Boston Red Socks game where he had originally planned to pop the question while sitting in the well sought after “Green Monster” seating section in the ball field.

Note: The Green Monster offers a view that very few people ever experience and an electrifying connection with history. The famed left field wall is the perfect spot for socializing, networking and especially for proposals!

Unfortunately, the Socks didn’t do so well on the field that day and Matt decided to keep the special jewel box in his pocket just a little bit longer. He figured that he had already spent 2 years searching for the perfect ring for his beloved, so he wasn’t about to get down on one knee under such sad circumstances at the ball park. Instead, the young man who was deeply in love decided to wait for another opportune time to ask his princess the big question. Eventually, after a night out with friends, Matt made the monumental move and asked Madeleine the golden question in the couple’s kitchen. Happiness filled the air that evening and the young lady was awe struck by the triple diamond spread on the bridge of the engagement ring along with additional diamonds mounted on either side of the band! It was absolutely exquisite!

The timing of the proposal could not have been more perfect as it coincided with a large family trip down to Queen Anne, Maryland, located right on the Chesapeake Bay. I believe there were about 16 people who stayed on the beautiful estate overlooking the gorgeous view of the water. It was a perfect vacation planned for much fun and partying – not only for the relatives and friends of both Matt and Madeleine, but also an appropriate time for everyone to celebrate the newly engaged couple!

Unfortunately, soon after the couple started having their fun out on Maryland’s lovely Chesapeake Bay, something terribly wrong happened…Madeleine lost her irreplaceable diamond engagement ring out in the water, along with another ring that was suppose to keep the engagement ring on Madeline’s finger (the couple did not have enough time to resize the band before their trip to Maryland).

It turned out that while Madeleine, Matt and a bunch of others were playing volleyball in the water, the sterling silver “security” ring slipped off of the newly engaged young lady’s finger, which caused the gorgeous diamond ring that Matt proposed to Madeleine with 3 days earlier to slide off as well and disappear down into the water and silt below. At some point, Madeleine looked at her hand and with great remorse, she saw no jewelry on her finger! She couldn’t believe what had happened! The poor young lady had only wore the band for 3 days prior to it being lost in the Chesapeake Bay! Madeleine was devastated and she felt horrible for what had just happened. Though Matt was very disappointed, he kept a very positive and calm frame of mind during the whole dramatic ordeal.

That afternoon, for several hours, many family members searched for the lost engagement ring but sadly there was no recovery to be had. The next day, more people joined in the hunt, including a couple of very young family members (one of which owned a toy metal detector that was utilized to try to find the ring in the water). That too turned out to be a failed attempt. Later on, the couple was able to rent a metal detector from a shop in the area, however, it wasn’t waterproof and the machine was giving off all kinds of erratic signals that made no sense to the users. Dozens of hours of searching were expended by all of the vacationers and yet with all of their valiant efforts to find the lost ring, nothing turned up in the end.

It was so sad for the family and friends to watch poor Madeleine continue to enter the water, always trying something new to see if she could recover her one-and-only engagement ring from the bay. The young lady would take a strainer out into the bay and with great innocence she tried her best to scoop up pockets of silt with the hope of finding Matt’s very special betrothal gift to her. Unfortunately, there were no happy results.

With all of the many recovery attempts made over the next several days by all sixteen guests, no one could find the lost jewelry. Yet, in the midst of great dispair, a new light of hope would soon appear onto the scene! Madeleine stayed calm and poised during the whole ordeal and she decided to look online to see if she could locate an expert metal detectorist that might be able to help her. It turned out that she did find such a great source of assistance…THE RING FINDERS!

As soon as the desperate newly engaged young lady searched for a ring finder on the detectorist directory who deals with special recoveries in water on the Maryland Eastern Shore, Madeleine found my profile information and immediately contacted me.

I was excited to take the 3 hour trip to Queen Anne, Maryland to help Madeleine and Matt recover the lost jewelry. I vividly remember my client on the phone sounding as if she had a new sense of hope and relief just by what I told her that I could add to the search efforts. I couldn’t wait to get there!

When I arrived in the area, it was evening time and the sky was filled with strikes of lightning. Madeleine and I talked on the phone and we both agreed that it was best to wait until morning when the weather would be safer. I stayed overnight in the local town and prepared to arrive out on the water the next morning.

I met up with the newly engaged couple early in the day. The property where they were staying was simply beautiful! The calm water and long private dock out back made the entire scene absolutely picture perfect! They showed me where Madeleine moved about in the water during that one afternoon when the two rings were lost. I asked many questions just to be certain that I had all of the facts before I formed my plan of action.

As soon as I was updated with all of the details, I knew I had to focus on two main areas. One, I needed to search over by the boat lift area where Madeleine retrieved the ball once or twice. Two, the second section was the largest area of water to metal detect which was a 50 foot by 40 foot square section that was parallel to the wooden pier. It was where Madeleine and the others were predominantly playing when my client noticed that her precious keepsake along with the other ring had vanished from her finger.

I made no promises to the couple that I would recover the rings, but I did share that with God’s help all things are possible. The reason I said this was because I didn’t know how much metal content was down in the water. That would determine whether I was looking for the very small treasure in the midst of very large metal “haystack”.

After checking the conditions of the water (which were absolutely perfect) and praying to God with the couple for much success, I returned to my car to gather up all of my gear to bring down to the water’s edge.

I believe the search lasted about an hour and a half. I metal detected all around the boat lift area and there was nothing but miscellaneous metal to be discovered. I then set up a water grid search pattern and scanned section by section, lane by lane, pulling up out of the water every potential target to be identified. At the bottom of the bay I found various non ferrous objects such as: coins, pull tabs, bottle caps and other random pieces of metal. Then, at some point, as I was half way across a particular grid lane, I picked up a very encouraging signal. I was almost certain that I had found Madeleine’s one-of-a-kind engagement ring. As it turned out…it in fact was the very special piece of jewelry that I had been searching for! I was simply elated for the couple! That special betrothal piece was exquisite in design! Matt did an awesome job searching for his future bride’s perfect ring!

Not far from where I scooped up the engagement ring, I recovered the sterling silver ring as well! I couldn’t have been happier for Madeleine and Matt now that all of the jewelry had been accounted for! It was only a matter of minutes before I experienced the excitement of revealing the wonderful news with my clients! They were simply overjoyed! We celebrated together out on the back porch and also gave thanks to God for favoring me with the search efforts!

Prior to the loss of the diamond ring, Madeleine only had three days to wear and stare at that precious keepsake! But now, the happy fiance was reunited with her princess piece which was properly placed back on Madeleine’s finger where it would be celebrated and enjoyed for a lifetime ahead!

I am very happy to share that that irreplaceable jewel that I was able to recover for the couple would soon be greeted by yet another band that would forever keep it company…yes, the wedding ring!


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