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Lost Diamond and Platinum Ring in Zuma Beach Found in Rocks and Returned

  • from Seal Beach (California, United States)

I was metal detecting on Sunday morning with a friend at Huntington Beach at about 5:00 in the morning and took a break at 11:00 to get a snack. I saw that I had a few missed calls, so I checked my voice mails and called back. Veronica answered the phone, and told me that her mom Anna, had lost her diamond ring the day before at Nicholas Beach, about 80 miles away just north of Zuma Beach. Five minutes later, I was on my way. Once I got off the 10 freeway in Santa Monica over an hour later, I hit Pacific Coast Highway. Sunday beach traffic was quite challenging. An hour later I met up with Veronica. I followed her down to the beach and met Anna and her husband. What a nice couple! They showed me where they put the ring into a chair pocket the day before, and thought it was lost in that area in the sand. I worked the grid pattern and worked with the detector down to the water’s edge, but no signals. I hoped that the previous night’s high tide hadn’t bur  ied the ring or swept it out to sea. I asked Anna to retrace her steps when she left in a hurry because the high tide was coming in and covered most of the beach with waves. I worked the detector in between the rocks and got some large iron signals. Then I went over her husband’s matching ring to see the sound it was creating. I detected a few more minutes between the beach and the stairs and I got a crisp, loud signal. I said, “this sounds promising!” The next thing I knew, the ring was in my scoop. I handed it to her husband and he handed it to Anna, who was overwhelmed with joy. They had been happily married over 20 years and her ring was custom made, so it was extremely sentimental. It was a 3 hour drive home in Sunday beach traffic, but the looks of happiness and gratitude on their faces made it all worthwhile. It was a pleasure to help such a great family.

Lost Ring Returned To Newlyweds In Santa Monica

  • from Seal Beach (California, United States)

Saturday October 8, 2016

Early in the afternoon I got a call from a person named Thane who found me on the RingFinders. He was swimming at El Matador beach when he lost his ring in the early afternoon. He asked  if  I could come out to help him. I was more than happy to, but in order to find the ring I had to wait for the next low tide, which was at 10:50 at night. I was looking forward to going home to taking a short nap before driving the 70 miles to meet him. On the way home, I received a phone call from Tate, who lost his platinum wedding band that day playing football with his friends and new bride. His wife was in tears on the phone, due to the fact that they got married two weeks earlier. So I left early and drove out to meet them in Santa Monica and got there around 8:15 at night. I met them at the pier and walked out to where they were earlier in the day. After I tried to figure out where the trajectory of the ring was, we narrowed it down to a small area of sand and within 10 minutes, his large platinum band was in my scoop, and  was returned back to the happy newlyweds.

After leaving Santa Monica, I had a short one hour delay, due to a flat tire and a long wait for AAA. I finally made my way up the coast to the Zuma Beach area where I met Thane. I met him along PCH and walked down the rocky path to the beach and in the dark, carefully observing photos he took earlier that day and tried to map where the ring could be. After the fourth target, I pulled up his ring out of the sand. He was ecstatic to be reunited with his lost ring and immediately called his wife with the good newsimg_0993img_0994-1

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