SCUBA Diver Returns Gold Ring, Swift Creek Reservoir, Midlothian VA

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Found and returned a white gold wedding ring, Swift Creek Reservoir, Midlothian VA.

I am an expert metal detectorist with the knowledge, skill, and experience to recover your lost items on land and underwater. Please text or call as soon as possible: (703) 598-1435

Found May 20th, 2023.

Newlywed Bailey was fishing from his grandmother’s dock. He shook off some weeds from his fingers and his wedding ring flew off. When the ring came off, Bailey saw in slow motion how it flew into the water. The family searched near the dock to no avail. Bailey’s mother Susan contacted me and asked for my help. It would be a couple of weeks before I could arrange my schedule for a search. But I knew the ring was not going anywhere.

The Search Area

Getting Ready

My son and I arrived at the lovely lakefront home and assessed how to conduct the search. My son helped me that day by hauling equipment, advising, and acting as my safety diver. At first, we tried searching in the four to five feet deep water using an Equinox 900 and a scoop. After twenty minutes, it became apparent there were an incredible amount of metal targets. When I asked Bailey’s dad why there was so much metal, he explained that many years ago, there may have been an old boat sunk and dismantled near the dock. Although the visibility was very poor in the shallow water, I decided to SCUBA dive. This allowed me to work around branches, rocks, and pinpoint shallow targets faster. Every target I found in the white gold identification range had to be investigated. It was a slow four hours for everyone on the dock, but I finally found the ring!

Bailey Smiles

It was gratifying to hand the ring to Bailey. My son captured the moment when Bailey was handed what he had thought was lost forever.

For my Ringfinder friends, this white gold ring hit at a solid 22 VDI on the Equinox 900.


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Don’t give up. Many of my clients have bought, borrowed, or rented a metal detector before calling me. Just because someone has a tool, it doesn’t mean they know how to use it. I use state of the art equipment, and I have thousands of hours of experience searching on land and underwater. If you have tried using a detector without success, please call to see if I can help.


4 Replies to “SCUBA Diver Returns Gold Ring, Swift Creek Reservoir, Midlothian VA”

  1. Susan Montague Coppage dit :

    My son’s ring would still be at the bottom of the reservoir without Rob’s patience and metal detecting expertise. We are forever grateful! – Susan Coppage (Bailey’s mom)

    1. Rob Ellis dit :

      Susan, it never would have happened if you hadn’t reached out to me. Thank you for calling and placing your trust in me!

  2. Kathryn Coppage dit :

    We are so thankful for Rob!!! Couldn’t be more grateful that you found the ring in that cold water when we couldn’t!

    1. Rob Ellis dit :

      Kathryn, you are so welcome!! We love reuniting precious items that seem un-findable.
      Thank you, Rob

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