Gold Engagement Ring Plucked From The Ocean

January 1st, 2012 by Brad Lovell


Joanne lost her gold engagement ring playing volley ball in the Dawn Fraser Ocean Baths at Balmain. This was a situation where Joanne only noticed the ring missing halfway through the game, and had no idea where the ring actually fell off. I mentioned to Joanne on the phone that the chances of recovering her ring in these circumstances is very low. But Joanne wanted to take the gamble and asked me to help anyway. I rarely offer Scuba/Metal Detecting services anymore due to dangerous situations I have been put in, but because the ring was lost in the safety of a closed off bathing area I decided to give it a shot. Joanne showed me an area where she spent time playing volley ball. I dropped a lead weight and rope in that area, and began my search. As always in harbour waters, visibility was zero once I stirred up the bottom… so I began the search being guided by rope. After about 15 mins of hunting I received a very faint signal. After a few attempts of recovering the signal deep in the muddy bottom, I pulled out what felt like a ring. I quickly moved to cleaner waters and removed the mud from the ring to see a nice sparking diamond. I asked Joanne if this was her ring, and her response left me with no doubts it was hers :) The media did a story on this job which you can read here..

Not Found

January 1st, 2012 by Brad Lovell

Unfortunately I am not able to recover everyone’s lost treasures. Jessie lost a sentimental gold pendant in the water at Gymea Bay whilst kayaking with her dog. Both Jessie and the dog fell in the water, along with the gold pendant. I searched the area with my scuba gear with no succcess.

Kylie lost her special large gold ring on the north end of Maroubra beach. I met Kylie and her partner who showed me the area they had been sitting when the ring was lost. Unfortunately Kylie contacted me a week after it was lost. I scanned the area with no luck. If someone has found a large gold ladies ring on the north side of Maroubra Beach, please contact me!

Recent Finds

January 1st, 2012 by Brad Lovell

Frank from Alexandria noticed his beloved Gold Emerald ring missing after a day of gardening. The ring was found after approximately an hour of removing plants from pots and searching the soil. Thanks to Frank and his wife for inviting me to join the family for dinner. Was a pleasure to meet you all!

Belinda from Petersham lost both her wedding and engagement ring in her back yard. Belinda felt the rings coming off, and knew the direction they fell but was unable to find them in the grass and garden area. I managed to find Belinda’s wedding ring, then 10 minutes later I found the engagement ring hiding in a plant.

Claire from Scotland lost her 45 year old wedding ring whilst playing with a ball in the shallows of Balmoral Beach. After an approximate 40 minute search and digging up lost of scrap metal, I noticed a large gold wedding band at the bottom of my scoop. After many hugs from Claire and her husband I was certain I had recovered the right ring :)

Suzy from North Bondi called me to assist in the search for her daughter’s lost engagement ring. The ring was last sighted in Suzy’s backyard whilst her young granddaughter played with it. Thankfully the diamond wedding ring was found quickly hiding in the grass and dirt.