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Wedding band recovered in Muskegon River, Michigan

  • from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)

found on Muskegon River

L to R Anthony Tundo (owner of ring), John Griffith (cousin), Don McCleod White Birch owner

  While at work Tuesday July 26, I got a call from Anthony Tundo. He lost his ring while canoeing on the Muskegon River near Houghton Lake. During a bachelor party on the river they got out of the canoes to play some catch with a football and take a rest during the 4 hour trip. When Anthony caught the football he felt his Tungston/Carbide wedding band come off and fall into the river. Although it was shallow in that area and sandy bottom there search was in vain. Anthony’s cousin, John, a former Army soldier had his GPS and quickly got the coordinates.

During the call from Anthony he had given me the coordinates (which I looked up on Google Earth) and found that it would take a canoe trip just to reach the site so we set it up for the next day.

Anthony and his cousin John drove over 200 miles from St Clare, to the White Birch campgrounds and I drove 135 miles from Grand Rapids. Don McCleod, the owner of White Birch,  let us use his van and a canoe to go up river. John  dropped us off and was going to meet us down river in about an hour and a half. Anthony had the GPS which he wasn’t real familiar with so was given a crash course and we set out on the river. Paddling down the winding river at 5PM nothing looked familiar and Anthony kept losing the GPS signal. We are in the boonies and after an hour we came upon John waiting for us. So the three of us jumped back in the canoe and headed up the river against the current. After one hour we located the site. I located the ring with about five swipes of the CZ21 and found  the ring. It was now 7:45PM and I kept thinking of what Don had told us “don’t get caught on the river after dark, you’ll never find your way back”. So we headed back down the river finally reaching our destination at  8:45PM and back to the campground at 9PM.

Van and Canoe = $20.00

Four hours paddling the canoe = Backbreaking

Swating flies and mosquitoes = Useless

Finding the ring in 3 minutes = Priceless

I want to thank Don McCleod for trusting 2 guys from Detroit area and 1 guy from Grand Rapids with his Van and a canoe. It makes you feel good that there are people like Don still around.


Manistee River in Northen Michigan gives up a mans diamond ring

  • from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)

"mom will be happy we found it"

After recieving a call from Nancy Hoyt of Kingsley, Michigan that her husband Jeff lost his wedding band with a large diamond that was passed down to him by his mother, I jumped into action. Searching Google earth I located their remote cabin on the edge of the beautiful Manistee River, just north of Manton, MI
After 30 minutes I located the ring in about 4 feet of fast moving water. Although the water was crystal clear and cool the swirling current made it difficult to locate and scoop the target mixed with sand and one inch size rocks.

Ring Found in Long Lake, Coldwater Michigan

  • from Grand Rapids (Michigan, United States)

Wedding ring returned

After an email request to find a lost wedding ring in 5 feet of water, I jumped into action. Traveling 2 hours from my home my brother and I went to Long Lake located in Reading, MI close to Coldwater. The lake had a muddy bottom with about a foot of mucky clay every step was an adventure. After searching around in neck deep water a hit was made and up came the scoop with the wedding band in it.
The owner, Chris P. of Dayton, Ohio, standing in the water with us, yelled up to the people on shore “they found it”.
A yellow gold band with six diamonds was handed to the owner and he said “I can tell my wife now that I lost my ring and found it, this is the second ring I never found the first one”.