Angela and Todor and their extended family enjoyed a day at the beach in Aptos. Todor played rugby by the waterline, always being mindful of his wedding ring. While it was snug on his finger, he paid close attention so that he wouldn’t lose it.
Then as they were packing to leave, Todor noticed his ring was missing. The whole family searched but they could not find it. At about 5:15pm they called TheRingFinders.
I made it to the beach by 6:45. Then Murphy’s law struck hard: My metal detector failed, and the batteries for the backup metal detector were still in the charger back at home.
Crawling along using a handheld pinpointer, I searched the small area of dry sand where Angela and Todor had spread their blanket, finding only a bottle cap and three coins. This was a clue: when a public beach is clean without lots of junk like pull tabs, foil and coins, it means that other metal detectorists regularly search the area. If that happened before we recovered Todor’s ring, he might never see it again. So they decided to wait while I drove back to get the batteries and holder for detector #2.
I made it back to the beach by 8:45, shortly after sunset. Searching after dark is fun: No crowds, lower temperatures. I quickly searched the blanket zone in the dry sand again, finding an earring and some junk. Then we moved to where Todor had been playing rugby.
Todor showed me the area, and I marked it with tent stakes. The tide had dropped, so we didn’t have to contend with any water. The first 30 minutes were a bit nerve wracking because I found no targets at all. This sometimes means that the wave action has moved all targets to the bottom of the sea.
Then I hit a strong signal smack in the middle of the search zone. Todor’s ring was about four inches down in the wet sand. He’d been very observant, and marked the rugby zone perfectly.
Todor, Angela, thank you for the generous reward! I’m happy you got your ring back.
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