Wedding ring lost below tide line: whats the chances of finding it?
Needle in a haystack – get a replacement. I lost mine on dry land, ironically, whilst shooting someone’s wedding. I knew exactly where I’d lost it and returned later in the day to look for it. Even though it was just a few square metres of grass, there was no sign, so I gave up. It was only £80 from Argos, but the value has nothing to do with the money 🙁Posted 4 years ago
Thanks guys it was a bit special and i’d like to replace it like for like but hate the thought of it lying there or being found by someone else.
Figured a cheap metal detector and trip down there might be worth a punt problem is i’m 3hrs away.
Just reporting it to local police on the (v. slim) off chance it’s found and handed inPosted 4 years agopictonroadSubscriber
In true STW fashion, here’s a tale that’s of no help whatsoever. A younger more romantic me was courting a young lady on a shingle beach when said fillie misplaced a silver ring.
A year later, sitting eating chips on the same beach with same partner we looked down and sitting there in the shingle was said item.
So, I suggest you go back in a year.Posted 4 years agoell_tellMember
Theres always hope 🙂Posted 4 years agowingnutsMember
Some big decisions here! Does she know yet? How brave are you? I’d be getting a very very expensive metal detector and offering to solve youth unemployment by organising a mass lifelong search.Posted 4 years ago
There is always a random chance though. I once lost a phone out of a moving car through the open window. When I found it run over in road the sim card was missing. Couldn’t search because of traffic at the time. Went back a day later and searched. Found it in grass verge. Good luck whatever you do!CSFLMember
Go back and look. Wife lost hers whilst snorkelling off portland Bill a few years ago. I spent an hour trawling the surf zone where she lost it with a mask and snorkely to no avail.
Went back the following day at low tide (to make her feel better more than anything) and we found it straight away lodged in a crack in the rock.
Towzer is right the substrate is important here….Posted 4 years agoThe Wrong TrousersSubscriber
That happened to a friend of mine during the summer, he lost his wedding ring on a beach in France. He searched for ages on several days, and then the day they were due to leave he went to give a description and his phone number to the resident lifeguard, lifeguard says ‘hang on a minute’ and then produced mate’s ring from out a desk drawer. Turns out a local with a metal detector had found it that same morning and handed it in. What are the chances eh ?Posted 4 years ago
There’s always hope !simon_gSubscriber
I lost mine snorkelling on honeymoon (this was a few weeks after my mum told me how my dad is on his 4th – all lost swimming in the sea!). We hadn’t covered a big area and it was shallow, very clear water – looked a couple of times for it but no joy. No harm in looking but don’t get your hopes up too far.
Thankfully it was a £35 titanium one so easily replaced!Posted 4 years agotrailofdestructionMember
Lost mine in a carpet of leaf litter whilst walking the dogs in a wood. Cue lots of panic and scrambling around on my hands and knees. Only got it back due to a colleague loaning me his metal detector. If you can get hold of one, then give it go. You never know.Posted 4 years agojoshvegasMember
A cheap metal detector will be pretty expensive by the time you have baught all the kit.
Good luck, I once went back for a swiss army knife lost in a sanddune almost given up the spotted a glint, was the small keyring loop, thats all that was left above the sand. three hours isn’t that bad if you make a day of it.Posted 4 years ago
So lost my wedding ring in Pembrokeshire on Saturday whilst getting out of a sea kayak, by the time i’d realised tide had come in 6ft and figured anything more than a quick scan a waste of time.
I’ve just been quoted 575 for the replacement and am thinking it might be worth heading back there for a proper look. Anyone care to rate my chances of finding it or give suggestions of a course of action (inc. just sucking it up and getting my wallet out)? go easy on me though i’m still a but traumatised by the episode!Posted 4 years agoimnotverygoodSubscriber
I thought the standard procedure in this sort of situation is to go fishing there in about 3 months time. The fish you catch is almost certain to have swallowed it.
PS actually really feel for you. My wife lost hers and was pretty distraught. Means a lot. 🙁Posted 4 years agoblandMember
Bear in mind there will have been a big swell so quite a lot of sand could have been moved, work out the direction it would have been pushed from the wind a current and work down from there. At least if you try and fail you have it a shot
Take ear phones and a sieve too, plus it will be fun, you might find a golden doubloon!Posted 4 years ago
bigyin: thanks for the tip, the pembroke prospectors are rallying their ranks and hopefully heading to the beach later!
I’ve also invested in a cheap metal detector from Tesco’s but not sure i’ll bother if the pro’s cant find it.
I’ll update this post in a few days hopefully with some good news : )Posted 4 years agonealgloverMember
Wife does know, I was genuinely quite upset when I told her and she took with the usual mix of humour and grace.
Don’t worry too much about the ring.
Just celebrate the fact that your wife is awesome.
My mate lost his wedding ring and his mrs went ballistic and didn’t speak to him at all for nearly a fortnight.Posted 4 years ago
She’s still pissed off about it now and it was years ago.CountZeroMember
The amount the ride would have moved it about would be phenomenal it could be miles away. I wouldn’t waste my time as its probably trashed anyway.
Highly unlikely, gold is a dense, heavy metal, it won’t have gone that far even with longshore drift, except over a fair period of time. It probably won’t have moved more than a few tens of meters, if that. Certainly worth going and spending an afternoon with a detector, provided you know exactly the spot on the beach where you lost it.Posted 4 years ago
And how could a solid gold ring get trashed in wet sand? It’s not like it’s getting run over by a train, or smashed with a hammer!donksMember
I lost mine climbing once…. The wife was away in Portugal, I told her when she got back and she flipped so we went out and bough a new one. Later that day I took some bits out of the boot of the car and hey presto it fell out of my climbing trousers (I swear I checked them). I made the wife take the new ring back and she had an argument with the assistant but we got the money back.Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
my wedding ring is set a measure under what the recommended width would be – whatever it is – E fitting or something. Given the beatings it’s taken, what with hill-walking and everything else, last thing I wanted was for it to ‘just fall off’ — seems to have worked so far..Posted 4 years ago
I did wonder if it might be too loose but feels ok most of the time just a little loose when very cold etc. and having seen pictures of “gloved” ring fingers after climbing accidents was always wary of it being too tight.
Count Zero, careful you’re getting my hope up now : )Posted 4 years agostevomcdSubscriber
Was SURE I’d lost mine last winter. Did a cheeky off-piste descent solo, stopped off at the bar, got on the bus back up to resort. Tossed my gloves on the seat of the bus, looked at my hand – no ring! Checked the gloves, not in there. Got the driver to hold the bus for a minute, back into the bar, not there.
Got home, ‘fessed up to the wife, both about the ring and, inevitably, about the solo off-piste descent.
She said “Your ring is by the sink.”
Dammit. 👿Posted 4 years ago
The topic ‘Wedding ring lost below tide line: whats the chances of finding it?’ is closed to new replies.