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..

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