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    Diamond Engagement Ring Recovered & Returned

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    Ok, so here's the story. I was contacted earlier in the summer by a couple about an engagement ring lost in the James River here in Virginia. They had been canoeing when the canoe flipped near a bridge abutment and Mrs. lost the ring. So I met them near the spot a few weeks ago and I spent 2 hours with my metal detector searching for the ring in waist deep water. Couldn't find it. Based on what they were telling me and a float test I did with fishing line and a small washer, I believed the ring was in the faster moving current and deeper water - a place it where was almost impossible to use a detector unless you were using scuba gear.

    So I offered to contact a friend (Steve) who is an experienced diver and is always up for a treasure hunting adventure. My friend and I went back to the river a few days ago. We didn't get in the water 'til almost 7 and didn't have much daylight left.

    As I stood on the abutment pointing to where I thought the ring was, Steve snorkled along the edge and base of the abutment. He'd been in the water about 45 seconds when he popped up with a diamond engagement ring in his hand and very nonchalantly asked, "Is this it?"

    "Very funny" said I. "What?" Said Steve. I was in total disbelief.

    "No way! You've got to be kidding me! You brought that with you to pull my leg!"

    "No, I swear, it was laying right on the bottom in plain sight!"

    Mission accomplished.

    So I sent a photo of the ring to the husband who said he'd show it to his wife and call me back shortly to verify it was the lost ring. A few minutes later my phone rang and, on the other end, was a very emotional, sobbing, but very happy and grateful woman shouting, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

    What an adventure.
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    Great story and return
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    Yep - I think every ring returned is more a blessing for us (treasure hunters) then the actual owner........CONGRATS on a great recovery!!!!
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    Heart warming story! And you and your friend both deserve an Honorable Mention!
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    Amazing all around!
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    That is the kind of story I ;ike to read about .Your effort paid off with a happy ending.Good for you and your buddy.
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    Congrats to your friend Steve on the Find

    is he a Member here ?

    If he is, He should tell the story from his end and earn an Honorable mention
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    Great job Stonewall!
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    Great job; way to represent us diggers!
    I'm wondering though, why the hubby had to verify the ring via the wife!
    Didn't he buy the thing?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa View Post
    Congrats to your friend Steve on the Find

    is he a Member here ?

    If he is, He should tell the story from his end and earn an Honorable mention
    No, he's not. He doesn't even own a detector (though I know that's not a requirement). We're going back on the river Saturday, I'll encourage him (again) to join. It was definitely a team effort. I had to eliminate all the places it WASN'T first!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kray View Post
    Great job; way to represent us diggers!
    I'm wondering though, why the hubby had to verify the ring via the wife!
    Didn't he buy the thing?!?!
    True, but he just wasn't 100% sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valley Ranger View Post
    No, he's not. He doesn't even own a detector (though I know that's not a requirement). We're going back on the river Saturday, I'll encourage him (again) to join. It was definitely a team effort. I had to eliminate all the places it WASN'T first!
    I agree on the Team Effort.

    Tuff call on the Honorable Mention designation on this one.
    being he actually Found it , some may say You were more the Middle Man

    Lets see what the Members Think ?

    I guess we could consider Steve your Treasure Hunting Tool of Choice here

    I'll review & decide Tomorrow
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Aug 31, 2015 at 09:01 PM.

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    If it weren't for the op bringing along his buddy, the ring prob wouldn't have been found. His buddy is the "tool" he chose to bring along to get the job done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa View Post
    I agree on the Team Effort.

    Tuff call on the Honorable Mention designation on this one.
    being he actually Found it , some may say You were more the Middle Man

    Lets see what the Members Think ?

    I guess we could consider Steve your Treasure Hunting Tool of Choice here

    I'll review & decide Tomorrow
    Yes, he is my new tool of choice. If I could just teach him how to beep.
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    I think the OP played a crucial role in this by determining where the ring likely went with a washer so as far as I'm concerned a def Hon Mention.

 

 
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