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Truro, MA Lost Car Key, Found, and Returned

  • from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)

August 30, 2023: Luke Berube was overloaded with work and called me to help him out by taking on a search/recovery of a lost car key. As RingFinders do, I answered the call setup a time for a search. Also as usual my detecting partner, Leighton Harrington, was contacted to go on the search as two detectors can make for a faster and more complete search for a lost object. His company also makes for a more enjoyable ride to and from the detecting site. The weather forecast for rain and wind did not deter our effort.

It seams Cal had a great time on the beach and his enthusiasm did not stop until he reached his car at the end of the day. He was lucky enough to have a spare key but his mother was adamant about finding the key that was lost somewhere between the beach and car, more than likely in the sandy path going over the dune.

Several family and friends searched for the key even using a rake over the entire path. The key was not found. What was found was a link to and a call was made. Now two days after the loss, the detecting search was on. The path was nice clean, soft sand, a pleasure to walk on and dig in. After two trash targets I had a large signal and it was deep according to my detector’s ID screen. After four scoops, I was about to give up but instead I took another slow sweep and then a pinpoint reading. With that information I placed my scoop and stood on it to get to a depth of 8 inches. Lifting the scoop in a sweeping arc, I saw a little blue flash. It was the quick disconnect and attached to it was the missing key.

It was difficult to comprehend how the key got so deep in the sand. Best theory is that the foot traffic, raking action, along with blowing sand over the past two days caused the key to be so deep in the sand.

It was a pleasure meeting Cal’s father and relating a few stories. Cal was at the terminal waiting on the arrival of his girl friend. As we ended up with thanks and good-byes a drizzle started to fall and then the rain came. Perfect timing to a perfect return.


Lost 14k Gold Bracelet Found by Ring Finders South Jersey Sea Isle city New Jersey

  • from North Wildwood (New Jersey, United States)

Lost A Ring?

Don’t Wait To Call!


Someone tagged me in a post on Facebook about a gold bracelet that was lost yesterday in Sea Isle City, NJ.  Pat didn’t realize his bracelet was missing until he was home later that day. He thought it may have gotten caught on his umbrella while packing up and dropped in the sand.  He gave me the area where he was sitting and it was recovered in around 20 minutes! Read the rest of this entry »

Osterville, Massachusetts: I-phone lost in water too deep for me.

  • from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)

A call from Nabil, Karim’s father (see June 2018 return), for help in retrieving a phone that “went swimming” after a great day of fishing. How could I refuse a walk in water 4 feet deep and a beautiful sunset with the delightful fragrance of flowers in the air? I could not. In 40 minutes I was dawning my wet suit as the tide was coming in and I knew the water was getting too deep for waders. Ready, Set, Go… Down to the dock, onto the boat, door open, ladder down and in I went. OH NO, I could not touch bottom, I lowered my scoop and still could not feel the bottom. What to do now? We would have to wait for a low tide. Or find another solution.

Due to Nabil and my commitments along with the time of low tides it would be 5 days before we could get back together. That just did not seem a good idea so I call another RingFinder, Luke. Luke is a scuba diver and would be my best “tool” for this situation. I called…Luke are you on the road? Yes, RT6. Do you have your scuba gear with you? Yes, what’s up? How about helping retrieve a lost phone that had fallen off the side of a boat that is tied to the pier, in maybe 10 feet of water. Can you come?

Twenty minutes later Luke was suiting up. We walked down to the water one quick splash and 2 minutes later Nabil had his friend’s phone back aboard the boat. What luck it was in a waterproof case. All files should be OK after a day or so in a bowl of uncooked rice. The rice will pull any dampness that might be present, especially from the microphone and speaker areas.

This is the way our small group of Ring Finders and friends love to help each other in mitigating a sad situation.
Thanks Luke!