We received a call from a groom who was in desperate need of our metal detecting services. As his story unfolded, he explained how he had only been married for 17 hours when his wedding band fell off into the warm Gulf waters at the Sundial Beach Resort on Sanibel Island.
We arrived at the location and as my wife and I were gathering our detecting gear together, he asked us what our success rate was. We explained it was about 95%.
He took us to the beach and we discussed the events that led to him discovering that his ring was missing. We began our search and several minutes went by with no success.
We met up with him again and went over the details a second time. This time we all agreed we needed to expand our search area. Within a few minutes later, my wife got a good signal in deeper water and within the first scoop there it was!
Needless to say, he was very happy to have his ring back and we were happy for him!
A collaborative effort led to another successful ring recovery!
Another successful ring recovery as told by the happy family:
“My dad now has quite the memory of his first vacation in 14 years. . . It turns out, while we were in Florida, my dad lost his wedding ring in the Gulf of Mexico at one of mine and Eric’s favorite beaches on Captiva Island. He didn’t realize he lost it until halfway through our trip.
While trying to figure out where he could have lost it, my helpful husband Eric decided to look through our camera to try to narrow down a ballpark time and location.
We found we had a picture of him with the ring on before going into the ocean on our first day, and one of him right after coming out of the ocean, but without the ring on. Then, no more photos of him with the ring on after that. That was where we narrowed it down to losing it on our favorite beach on Captiva Island.
I found a site called the theRingfinders.com and on a whim called a nice man (Craig Ostendorf) who lives in the area. I asked him how good he was at finding rings in the Gulf of Mexico. He said he had a 95% success rate–we all kind of laughed. I told him the location of the beach where we figured my dad had lost the ring, and just a few hours later that evening, he texted me a photo and asked: “Look Familiar?
It was my dad’s ring! Now, thanks to our investigative work and the services of Craig the ring finder–31 years of marriage and my dad still has his wedding ring.”
Albert contacted us regarding his lost class ring that had great sentimental value. The following is the success story in Albert’s own words:
“I contacted Craig and Stephanie after my prized class ring slid off my finger into the Gulf of Mexico at a Captiva Island beach. I was throwing a football with a family friend on October 1, 2016 when my ring slid off into the water. Myself and 3 others searched for an hour or so in the murky water and were unable to locate my ring. The ring was my class ring from Texas A&M University and was given to me by my mother before I moved away for work. The ring had an immense amount of sentimental value to me.
I returned home to Texas on Monday and thought all hope was lost. Tuesday, October 3, 2016, I was talking with a co-worker about the incident and he said ‘Oh yeah, there is this site of people that will search for your lost rings’. I was initially hesitant, but I decided to take a chance and contact Craig. His response was immediate and professional. Within a few moments of talking with Craig, I realized that my ring would be searched for diligently and thoughtfully and my hesitations disappeared. Several hours later, I received a text from Craig with a picture of my ring! They had managed to recover my ring several days later in 3-4 feet of water!
In closing, Craig and Stephanie have returned a piece of myself. My ring means the world to me. And they did it in such a professional and caring manner. They communicated the whole time, worked hard, and even did the extra little things! What an amazing pair of people. They are simply the best type of people out there for the service they provide!”