(June 28th) I was on my way to dinner with visiting family when I got a phone call from Claire. Claire had just lost her engagement ring in the surf of Myrtle Beach, SC. Claire lost her ring in belly deep water, while throwing a football, at a low tide. I told her that I was on my way to dinner and that I would call Jim Wren (TRF North Myrtle Beach) to see if he might be available to do this search. Jim said he would take the call and see what he could do. Jim called me back in short order and informed me that he had just gotten a phone call to do a ring search in his area, and that he had called Jim Brouwer (Super Human), and J.B. was going to meet Claire and family at the beach. When Jim B. got there the tide had risen quite a bit. He searched for a while but soon realized that the water had gotten too deep to work. Jim returned that night around midnight and searched the low tide waters to no avail. Saturday morning I got the message that he did not find the ring. I joined Jim at low tide that morning and we searched for nearly 3 hours in the belly deep water. No Luck. Claire had returned to Virginia that morning, but her parents looked on (great people) as we gave it another shot on Sunday. Both Jim and I separately returned to the area a couple times over the next couple weeks. We were being frustrated by this ring that we knew was there. I have to admit that after a couple weeks of searching for this ring I had given up. Mentally for me, it was one more sacrifice to « the ring gods ».
(July 18th) I am driving to meet a customer, to discuss signs, when my cell phone rings. I see it is J.B calling. « Maaatt » (Trying to imitate his accent) « That ring on 6th avenue, I have it. Can you call the girl? » I am amazed, after 3 weeks in the water he has found this ring. I pull over and start scanning my phone from 3 weeks ago hoping I still have her number. Without my notes in front of me I can’t even remember her name. I find her number and call… « This is Matt with the Ring Finders, we have found your engagement ring. » There is a very long pause on the other end, and so I ask her to remind me of her name as I do not have my notes. « This is Claire. » I could hear her voice cracking with emotion as she received the news. I was happy to hear that they had not purchased a replacement as of yet. Claire emotionally shared a story of how she and a late grandmother shared a liking of cardinals. She told me that 15 minutes before my call there was a cardinal on the rail of her back patio that had reminded her of her grandmother. This was about the time Jim found the ring. (Premonitions). Talking with Claire later that day, she told me that her nephew was the ring barer at her and Peter’s wedding last November, and that he had worn a super hero outfit. He told Aunt Claire that it was because of his super powers that we found her ring.(Super Powers) Super Heroes, Super Humans or Premonitions… Whatever it was I will take a win however it comes. Claire’s ring is now back where it belongs.
Jim Brouwer (author of « Gold Beneath The Waves » Amazon) Has been a trusted friend to both Jim Wren and myself on ring searches. He has helped both of us on several occasions. I can’t say enough about this man, his integrity, and his willingness to help us and other people. Way to go Jim!