Lost Diamond Ring at Clontarf

January 5th, 2011 by Brad Lovell

Belinda lost her beautiful diamond engagement ring while swimming in netted area of Clontarf Beach. She was throwing a ball around and realised later on the ring was no longer on her finger. I met with Belinda and her husband Alan the next night at low tide. Unfortunately the water was around neck deep, which made recovering targets difficult. After about 2 hours of searching, I began to get cold and called it a night. But I was not going to give up on Belinda and Alan, I knew the ring had to be somewhere in the netted area. The next day, there was an even lower tide, so I went back for attempt two. This time I weighed myself down with about 20 lbs of lead to make recovering/digging easier in the deeper water. After about an hour of searching for the second time, I found a sparkling diamond ring sitting in my scoop. Hope it was the right ring, I showed it to Alan. The smile on Alan’s face answered my question, this was indeed Belinda’s lost engagement ring. Alan and Belinda, it was great to meet you guys, and thank you kindly for a generous reward.

Its Not Always Easy Being The Metal Detector Man!

February 10th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

Narrabeen Lagoon

Narrabeen Lagoon

I always enjoy a challenge when it comes to metal detecting. Some jobs are simple, and it literally takes me minutes to recover the lost item. But this has been a tough summer for the “Metal Detector Man”! Under water jobs are always difficult for too many reasons and variables to list. Which means my recovery rate for such jobs it low. I always mention this to my customers before starting a new job. I am not trying to talk myself out of business, but I like to be realistic. Here are some jobs below which had disappointing endings..

  • Sam was attending a wedding that myself and Layne Beachley had to sneak around to get to a harbour side beach her ring was lost. The word soon spread via the wedding guests that Layne Beachley had lost her engagement ring, and she had hired the metal detector man to try and find it. The following weekend, Sam was at his friends holiday home throwing a ball in waist deep water. After diving for the ball, Sam believes this could have been the point when the ring fell off. I drove up to the central coast (Bonnels Bay) to search for Sam’s lost wedding ring. After a good 3 hour search covering the area with both my metal detectors, we decided to call it quits.
  • Jan had this misfortune of losing the keel off her boat in the dirty Parramatta River. Jan knew of the area where she believed the keel to have dropped. Because it was a metal keel, I decided I could try searching for it with my under water metal detector. It wasn’t until I arrived to the spot I realised how bad the conditions we’re. The water was literally brown…with zero visibility. In fact I could not even see my air gauge pushed up against my mask. Anyway, I wasn’t going to let this stop me…I did my usual 360 degree rope search covering a 20 meter diameter. A few big signals but none of them the keel. After a couple of hours searching in darkness I ran out of air. If anyone has an idea or a service which could help Jan recover her 250 kilo keel, please contact me!
  • Paula lost her diamond engagement ring at Narrabeen Lagoon. I actually had 2 attempts at this job, but could not perform the search with any sort of efficiency while my underwater detector was in for repairs. My 3rd attempt was a couple of weeks later, armed with my repaired detector. After completing both a north-west, and east west grid search of the area following my ropes, I was not able to find Paula’s engagement ring. If any metal detector guys to manage to find a diamond wedding ring at Narrabeen Lagoon, please contact me. Paula is more than happy to offer a generous reward.

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!

Wedding Ring Lost In Water At Queenscliff Beach

January 6th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

Late in December I used my underwater metal detector to search for a gold wedding ring that was lost at Queenscliff beach. The owner beleives the ring may have dropped in the water as he was holding his baby in waist deep water. I spent about 3 hours at low tide slowly searching the water with no luck. If by chance anyone does manage to find a wedding ring at Queenscliff Beach, please contact me. As always the owner is happy to pay a reward for the return of his wedding ring.

Ring Salvage With Underwater Metal Detector

December 7th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

Last week I received a phone call from commercial diver Nathan. He had been asked to search for a lost diamond ring which was dropped in the water somewhere near Cottage Point. The ring’s owner, Edwina, was thinking clearly at the time she lost the ring…dropping a bag of sinkers in the water to mark the area. Edwina and her relatives had spent many hours searching for the ring to no avail. Nathan knew the chances of recovery without the use of an underwater metal detector would be very slim, so he called me to help out. After a boat ride to the location, Sarah (Edwina’s Sister) showed us the area the ring was lost. Much to my surprise the water was crystal clear, and the bottom was beautiful white sand. Sarah jumped in the water and located the bag of sinkers which marked the are of the lost ring. Nathan and I geared up and began the hunt. About 5 minutes into the search I received a nice solid signal from the metal detector. I begin to fan the sand away with my hand, revealing a beautiful gold/diamond ring. I returned the ring to Sarah who was one happy lady! The ring had been passed down from Edwina/Sarah’s grandmother, so it was one of those things that cannot be replaced. I want to thank Sarah and her family for a generous reward. And also thanks to Nathan who co-ordinated the entire recovery. I am sure we will continue working together 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 Wedding Ring At Palm Beach

March 30th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

I received a some what frantic phone call from Angus… he had lost his gold wedding ring in the surf at Palm Beach (Sydney Northern Beaches). Unfortunately due to family circumstances, I was baby sitting my sister’s kids on the other side of Sydney, and was unable to help search for Angus’s ring. I managed to contact Tony, another Metal Detecting hobbyist who has just started offering his service to the public. Tony is in the Liverpool area, but stopped what he was doing to drive all the way up to Palm Beach. Unfortunately by the time Tony arrived, Angus and his wife had to leave for a wedding. So Tony could only conduct a search based on what Angus has told him. I received a message from Tony later that night, saying he was unsuccessful at finding Angus’s wedding ring. But Tony had not given up, and was heading back to Palm Beach the following day to continue the search. I decided to help Tony with the search….so while Tony was scanning the wet sand, I was in the water trying to find the ring. After another 2 hour hunt, it was time for me to call it quits. Once a ring has fallen into the surf, there is usually very little chance of recovery :( I had another job the following day at Palm Beach. It was a quick recovery, so I decided to spend another hour or so looking for Angus’s lost wedding ring again. Once again, no luck…I feel very bad for Angus, but at the same time, I hope he feels better knowing he did all he could to recover it. And had 2 different people searching for it, on two different occasions. If anyone does happen to find a gold men’s wedding ring at Palm Beach…please contact me on bradl@bigpond.net.au so I can put you in contact with Angus.

Lost Bracelet Found Under Water At Sydney Beach

March 24th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

Sorry I have been lazy updating the site lately. Last week I managed to wake up early and catch a low tide at a beach South of Sydney. As much as I love going out to find lost items for customers, I also love getting out to the beach and hunt for myself. This is my way of relaxing. Anyway, on this particular mornings hunt, I found this interesting looking ladies bracelet under a few feet of water. Unfortunately there are no engravings on the inside of the bracelet. If you believe you are the owner of the bracelet, and can prove to me the bracelet is yours, I would be more than happy to return it :)

Lost Silver & Gold Ring At Shelly Beach

March 7th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

I went for a treasure hunt a few nights ago with my friend Matt. We managed to dig up many different things including two sets of keys, a mobile phone, a Disney pendant, two lead weights, lots of coins including an old penny, and two rings. Matt is already working on finding the owner of the lost mobile phone and keys, so now it is my turn to find the lost owners of the two rings. One is a ladies silver ring (as pictured), and the other is a men’s gold wedding band. If you have lost a ring at Shelly beach near Manly, and they look like the the photo above..please contact me. If you are able to describe the engravings or prove the ring is yours, I will happily return it :)

Lost Wedding Ring On Honeymoon!

February 28th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

Everyone likes a story with a happy ending, so I thought I should share this story, even though I was unable to help out this particular occasion. This is a story of Jono, who lost his wedding ring on his honeymoon in waist deep water at Lennox Head. Unfortunately, Lennox Head is a 10 hour drive from here, so obviously it was out of my area. Unable to find anyone with a metal detecting service in Lennox Head, Jono decided to hire a metal detector and search for himself. Below is a copy of his email..

Hi Brad, We are on the last night of our honeymoon and I realise I didn’t get back to you about the missing ring.  I took the metal detector down to the water but had a lot of trouble getting a stable reading.  I think the water and depth changes on the sea floor created problems.  It was difficult to tell what was a real signal and as I presumed the ring was deep I expected it may not give off a strong signal.  I was out there with my wife digging around and the tide had started coming back in, lapping above our knees which made it very difficult to keep searching.  Eventually I thought that it had got to the point where  I would have to give it away and as I turned for one last sweep I saw a glint of what looked to be gold on the edge of the reef.  I reached into the water and felt the shape, it was a ring, I pulled it out of the water and immediately new it was THE ring.  My wife and I couldn’t believe it, we had found it after four days of searching.  We really were overjoyed and relieved.

Nice work on finding your wedding ring on your honeymoon Jono! I can only imagine how relieved you and your new wife are :)

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