Bride Loses Her Brand New Ring In Harbour

October 28th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

Today’s job is a sad story with a happy ending. I received a phone call from a gentleman by the name of Fergus who found me via this website.
He had just been married the day before he called me. While the wedding photographer was taking photos of his Bride Simone, her 2 hour old wedding ring slipped off her finger and into the harbour. I can not even begin to imagine how she felt.
I will be honest, I really don’t like diving in Sydney Harbour, the water is murky and there is LOTS of boat traffic (not to mention sharks). And I had troubles sleeping the night before feeling nervous about this job…But how could I say no to helping Simone and Fergus considering these circumstances? The plan was to conduct the search yesterday, but due to poor weather I had to cancel. Although today was overcast, the wind had dropped so Fergus and I met up at Pier 4, Walsh Bay Sydney. As I was gearing up, a guy walked past questioning what we we’re doing. When Fergus mentioned I was looking for a lost wedding ring the guy laughed and said you will never find it in there, it is over 60ft deep! This was not great for my confidence, I was already dreading going under…but as always I was determined to find the lost ring. Once in the water, I began releasing the air from my BCD, and slowly sunk to the bottom. It was an eary feeling, getting darker and darker with each meter I descended. I finally hit the bottom at around 12 meters deep (around 36 feet?). The moment I hit the bottom, silt stirred up and made the murky water worse. I took a few moment to compose myself, let the silt settle and began the hunt.
The ring had only been underwater for a few days, so it could not have sunk very deep into the silt bottom. So I ignored any signal that could not be detected by my pinpointing device, which has about a 3 inch detection range. First signal that was in pinpointing range was a shining 18 CT White Gold Ring. Wow, you have no idea how happy I was to have found the ring. Not only for the sake of reuniting the ring with Fergus and Simone, but because I really wanted to get out of the murky water and quick! When I finally surfaced with the Ring in my hand, Fergus could not believe it. I had only been underwater for about 10 minutes, so what looked like mission impossible turned out to be a speedy recovery. Fergus called his wife to tell her the great news, and she even had a quick chat to me. You can tell when people ‘REALLY’ appreciate what you have done for them, and Fergus and Simone we’re incredibly thankful for what I did. In fact Fergus was so grateful he gave me one of the biggest rewards to date..thank you so kindly!

Gold Ring Salvaged Underwater

October 21st, 2009 by Brad Lovell

This story begins with a phone call from Nathan. Nathan is a commercial diver who was helping a gentleman by the name of Paul search for a ring lost in about 7 meters deep of murky water. Nathan had no luck locating the ring after a visual search, so asked if I could help him out with my Metal Detecting equipment. I was happy to help, and drove out to the location which was about 50 minutes North of Sydney. Turns out the lost ring was a world series Toronto Blue Jays baseball ring. Paul is a Baseball coach and spends half the year in Australia, and the other half year in North America. So we gear up, jump in the water and begin the search. As usual, there are constant signals coming from the metal detector and it is up to me to decide which ones are worth investigating. After a few laps up and down the area where Paul believed the Ring fell in the water, I was checking another signal with my Aqua Probe (vibrating pinpointing device)…just as I was pushing the device deeper into the sandy surface, I noticed a small glint of gold. I reach into the sand and pull out a very large chunky gold ring! I head back to the surface and ask Paul if this is the ring he lost? The smile on his face answered that question for me. After the job was finished, we went to a local pub for some beers to celebrate when Nathan broke some news to me. He mentioned that the river we were diving in is known for Bull Sharks, and he has already had an encounter with one there before.  Oh well, I am glad he mentioned this after and not before the job, or I would have been a nervous wreck in that murky water. Was great meeting Paul, Nathan and Casey and I am sure I will join Nathan for more under water salvage operations in the future :)

Wedding Ring Lost Off Boat

October 21st, 2009 by Brad Lovell

I spent Sunday afternoon trying to find Clayton’s wedding ring at Brisbane Waters, near Woy Woy on the Central Coast. While Clayton was washing his boat, he felt his wedding ring slip off his finger and splash into the water. The water depth was only 1.5/2 meters deep, but unfortunately the bottom was seaweed and mud, and visibility was not all that great. I geared up, and started searching the area where Clayton believed the ring had dropped. To cut a long story short, after 6 hours in the water I came back empty handed. I managed to find lots of rubbish, but no wedding ring. I am not sure exactly what went wrong with this job. Did the ring sink so deep into the mud that my detector couldn’t find it?? Perhaps the ring drifted underneath the boat which I could not access. I have not totally given up on Clayton’s wedding ring. I plan on going back their with my diving friend Matt some day for a second attempt. Clayton, it was great meeting yourself and family. And thank you for leaving me more than you should have! I will contact you again soon for a second try.

Lost Gold Ring Recovered At Manly Beach

October 21st, 2009 by Brad Lovell

I received an email last week titled Lost Ring. The email was from Marty who lost his mothers wedding ring at Manly Beach. I did not read Marty’s email until around 3am, but asked him to contact me as soon as he was awake. Manly beach is a very busy and popular beach, meaning there are lots of other metal detectorists hitting the beach each day. Next morning at around 9am Marty called requesting my services. I quickly packed my gear and drove down to Manly beach which is only about a 20 minute drive away. Marty showed me the area he was sitting on the beach, and I started my slow and steady grid search. The first signal I received sounded nice and loud, but turned out to be a ring pull from an aluminium can. Then another ring pull…then about 5 minutes later, a gold wedding band :) I want to thank Marty for a generous reward for what turned out to be a quick and easy job.

Out Done By A Baby

October 7th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

A couple of weeks back I received a call out to Centennial Park in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. A gentleman who’s name has now slipped my mind (apologies), lost his wedding ring while playing touch football. The unfortunate part of this job was the gentleman did not feel the ring slip off his finger. He realised the ring was missing after he finished up. I drove out to Centennial Park and we squared off the perimeter where the touch football game had been played. This was going to be a long job, as their was  copious amounts of surface area to cover. About an hour had passed as I continued my grid search when I noticed a man pushing a pram approach the gentleman who had lost the ring. In the pram was a little baby girl who had fallen over a stick. When her father bent down to pick her up he noticed the ring appear from under the stick. I was still a good 2 hours away from grid searching that part of the field, so this little baby not only out hunted me, but saved me a lot of time :)

Vibra-Quatic 2

October 7th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

I wanted to quickly thank Michael Bernstein from Treasure Products for the prompt replacement of my faulty Vibra-Probe 580. And while my broken Vibra-Probe was being replaced, I also ordered a new Vibra-Quatic 2 pinpointing device. This will come in useful for locating small targets underwater. A thumbs up to Treasure Products and their brilliant customer service.