Wedding Ring Dropped In Mosman Bay Wharf

June 27th, 2010 by Brad Lovell


Adrian was fishing at Mosman Bay Wharf as he watched his wedding ring slip off his finger and into the harbour. Unfortunately at the time of Adrian’s phone call, I was moving house and had my scuba gear packed away in boxes. I mentioned to Adrian I would probably not be able to help until the following week, but I could tell by the desperation in Adrian’s voice he wanted someone in the water searching for the ring ASAP. After many phone calls to dive shops, Adrian called me back mentioning he was not able to find anyone willing to help him. Feeling sorry for Adrian, I put my move on hold and found the boxes my scuba gear we’re packed in. I met Adrian at Mosman Wharf the following afternoon. The unfortunate thing for me was the location the ring was lost, being right where the Sydney Ferry’s come in to pickup passengers. Not only is this dangerous, but I believe it is also illegal to dive in such a spot. But since the ring dropped so close to the wall, I decided to jump in anyway and give it my best. The water was a lot deeper than I expected, and as always in the harbour, visibility was no so good. The area where the ring had dropped had a very difficult ground surface. It was on a very steep angle, and consisted of jagged rock. It was almost impossible to detect the bottom of this location with any efficiency. Most of the time I was searching by sight, but unfortunately after an hour of searching, my air levels we’re low and it was time to come back up. Adrian was disappointed I did not recover his wedding ring, but at the same time realised it was a long shot.

Lost Engagement Ring Recovered At Apple Bay

January 23rd, 2010 by Brad Lovell

On Wednesday I received a phone call from Layne who managed to get my phone number from the Manly Police. Layne had noticed her engagement ring missing after playing and throwing a ball in waist deep water at Apple Bay (right near Taronga Zoo). I packed my gear and drove down to the spot Layne described over the phone. Unfortunately the tide was high, and my underwater metal detector was playing up. I searched the dry/wet sand with no luck. I mentioned to Layne I would go back and try again at low tide on Friday afternoon. Thankfully she met me there, as it turned out I was searching the wrong spot on my first attempt. When meeting up with Layne, my cousin Nick who was there to help with the search recognised right away that the lady we we’re about to help was in fact World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley. I felt a bit stupid not knowing about an Australian surfing legend, and felt even more stupid when people on the beach we’re asking for a photo with Layne. Any how, we had a job to do…while Nick and Layne we’re snorkling the shallow waters looking for a glint of gold, I was carefully detecting the sand and shallow water in a slow North-South pattern. Since Layne did not feel when or where the engagement ring fell off, I honestly thought there was little chance of recovery. But after an hour of searching and digging up some rusty coins, I managed to pull a solid ring out of the sand. At first I figured it was a wedding band, but after eyeballing a nice sparkling diamond I was hoping that this was the right ring. After showing Layne the ring and seeing the smile on her face, I knew I had the right one :) We had a bit of a crowd gathering (including a wedding party) who congratulated me on finding the engagement ring. After a series of unsuccessful recoveries, it finally felt good to reunite a sentimental ring with its rightful owner. I want to thank my cousin (little Nicky) for helping out. Also it was very cool meeting Layne who was incredibly grateful for the service we had provided. I only had my iPhone available to take a photo of Layne with her engagement ring (which doesn’t do it justice), hopefully she will send a better photo of the ring soon. *Update* here is the photo, thanks Layne!

Lost Gold Ruby Bracelet

May 15th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

Jill lost her beautiful Ruby Gold bracelet which was a 25th wedding anniversary gift from her ex-husband. Not sure exactly where the bracelet dropped, Jill called me to search her backyard. The day Jill noticed the bracelet missing, she had been gardening…and had also been playing tennis earlier on. I organised to meet Jill at her house in the beautiful suburb of Mosman, on Sydney’s lower north shore. Just as I arrived at Jill’s house, I received a phone call. Jill had found the bracelet lying on some pavers in her yard. As keen as I was to hunt for Jill’s bracelet, I was very happy that it was now back into her possesion :)

Lost Mens Tribal Ring Found At Balmoral Beach

March 9th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

I am looking for the owner of a lost mens silver ring I found while metal detecting at Balmoral Beach near Mosman. The ring is very large, and heavy, and has what looks like a tribal pattern embossed on it. Please contact me if you believe you are the owner of this ring. If you are able to describe the inside engravings, where on Balmoral beach the ring was lost, or have a photo wearing this ring..I will be happy to return it. Sorry, but I need to be very careful when returning rings. I need to be 100% sure I am returning the ring to the correct owner. Unfortunately we live in a world where not everyone is totally honest.