Wedding & Engagement Ring Lost In Lagoon

January 5th, 2011 by Brad Lovell

It’s horrible enough to lose one sentimental ring, but Susan had the misfortune of losing both her wedding and engagement rings while swimming in a lagoon at Avoca Beach on the Central Coast. I have recovered rings in lagoons before, but I had no idea just how large this lagoon was until I arrived. Susan and her husband recalled the area they had been swimming, which turned out to be a massive area to cover under water. To be honest my immediate thoughts of recovery we’re slim to none, but I had a job to do and got to work. Grid searching underwater is a very slow process, slightly overlapping with each pass. The one positive about this particular situation was the lagoon was very clean. If I had to keep stopping to recover junk signals this job would have taken a couple of days. After a handful of coins and bottle caps and a stainless steel mens ring, I received a signal which sounded like a low grown. This is a signature toneĀ of foil, pull tabs, and sometimes small gold rings. And what made me even more excited about this signal was there we’re two of them in close proximity. I knew it had to be the rings. It took a couple of attempts to scoop the signal, but there it was..first ring recovered, the diamond engagement ring. Sitting next to it was the second deep tone signal, this had to be the wedding band. One more scoop, and I had both rings. It had been a very slow 2 hour search, but it had paid off. I took the rings back to Susan and her husband and asked if these looked familiar? Both of them we’re very excited, with Susan giving me a big hug. I love this job! It was a pleasure meeting you guys, and thank you very kindly for such a generous reward!

Lost Ring Copacabana Central Coast

July 14th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

I got an email from Paul asking if I would drive up to the Copacabana on the Central Coast to search for his lost wedding ring. The ring fell off his finger from the balcony in his backyard. Paul was away in New Zealand, but his dad showed me the area where they believed the ring to be. I searched the entire backyard twice without any luck. Next to the garden pond were some very thick and dense bushes. Getting the detector into those bushes was proving impossible. But I knew the ring had to be in there as it was no where else in the backyard. Paul’s dad had given up hope and went home. Being the stubborn person I am, I told him I was not giving up yet, and would search for another hour. I was beginning to get frustrated and began jabbing the coil of the metal detector into the bushes. For the faintest fraction of a second I heard a sound. I reached in the area I heard the sound with my pin pointing device and started poking around. The pin pointer started flashing so I swapped the pin pointer with my hand and started feeling around, and felt the unmistakable shape of a ring. Was time to call Paul’s dad with the good news :)