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Tom called me up to say his wife, Christie had lost her rings on Moreton Island near the famous shipwrecks at Tangalooma. She had taken her rings off and popped them inside her bikini top for safe keeping, but had forgotten they were there. She then played with her child on the beach and walked to the sea to wash them off. When she got back to the 4wd it was then she noticed they were gone! She had her engagement, wedding and eternity ring joined together so it was a heartbreaking loss of 3 rings in 1. Not only that, but they had been married for over 13 years!
They also had not been able to renew their insurance over the Christmas period, so there was a very high chance of the very valuable rings not being covered.
I could only come out a week later, but I was still hopeful of a recovery. Obviously if the rings were lost in the water they would be a lot more difficult to find. So I met them for the 8:30am ferry over to Moreton Island. It’s a beautiful place, and I have spent many days snorkelling around the wrecks, feeding dolphins and of course detecting!
We walked to the area where her car had been parked on the beach. Luckily Christie had taken a photo of the car so we could match it up with certain trees in the background for a direct line of where she walked the week before. I drew a line in the sand down to the ocean, and set up Tom up to help me detect along this path. We decided to do the ocean area first as the tide was coming in fast. I told Christie to stand exactly where she thought she had washed her child. It was just off the edge of the waves, where I marked a large X. I told Tom to come over and swing directly over the spot. Almost instantly he looked up at me puzzled as a very strong signal immediately blasted out of the headset. I looked at him in disbelief, for within seconds he had started digging and low and behold just a few inches down, there they were, the most amazing set of diamond rings I have ever seen, sparkling away in the sunlight! Absolutely Amazing. I could not believe it, they could not believe it. Christie screamed with delight and we all took a huge sigh of relief. The ring just wanted to be found that day. Christie and Tom were so ecstatic and told me that the rest of the day over there was for me!
It was one recovery job I will never forget, and I can’t think of two nicer people to be reunited with their lost treasure.
Please watch below to see the moment the rings were found!
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