Ring Finder Christmas Miracle – Dec 21st
I received a call from a very upset lady, the usual story of a slightly-too-large ring and the sea.
The previous day, she had gone for a morning swim, and returned to discover she and her ring had parted company.
Now, I knew the beach in question is very mobile and notorious for ‘swallowing’ rings so time was of the essence!
I cashed in some of my leave at work and headed away in order to catch the next low tide.
An hour and a half and a car ferry later, I arrived on site. Looking at the steep beach angle I could realistically only give her maybe a 50:50 chance of finding it.
After a quick walkthrough of the timeline leading up to the loss, I marked out the area of highest probability and started searching between the tideline and the waist-deep dropoff. Figured I’d do the hotspot first before getting the wetsuit on!
A lot of litter signals from can tabs and so forth caused several stops to listen carefully and determine if it was the ring… all were discounted for one reason or another.
Then, on the third line a clear tone and the scoop went in for a big bite out of the gravel. I checked the hole to make sure I had the target and waded ashore to empty the scoop.
On top of the pile of stones was the ring, and only 12 minutes from switching the machine on (Largely thanks to an extremely accurate start point).
Handed her the lost ring with a smile and a “Happy Christmas!”.
One extremely grateful, and very relieved couple.
Another NZ ring finder success story from the Mine For Gold metal detector team.