SCARBOROUGH resident Kim Matheson thought his wedding ring was gone for good, until Ring Rescues’ Sean Boddie discovered his lost item 10m out to sea at City Beach.
Lost jewellery recovery expert Mr Boddie spent about four hours underwater using specialist metal detectors along with his best diving skills, to eventually recover Mr Matheson’s ring.
Mr Boddie said he successfully found the ring 12 days after Mr Matheson lost it.
“I lost my wedding ring on December 30 last year and I thought it was a complete goner – I had completely written it off and knew I was up for a new one” Mr Matheson said.
“I spoke to Sean and he said there was a 50 per cent chance of him finding it”.
Mr Boddie launched his niche business Ring Rescues in 2016 to help reunite Perth residents with lost items of sentimental value.
“I’ve completed over 50 professional recoveries over a period of two and a half years and the last 25 people have been successful recoveries,” Mr Boddie said.
He said to achieve a successful find, it was important his clients provided him with an accurate loss location and passage of time.
“Finding people’s rings is not just about being a good metal detector operator – it’s about being an investigator,” he said.
“Asking the right questions is important too, and I also start with ‘how did your day start, where did you park, retell your journey to me’.”
Mr Boddie said people should not assume their item had been lost forever.
“People often tell me their loss stories and say ‘I lost it years ago – it’ll be long gone’ – this is simply not the case,” he said.
“Even if it was lost in the water, with the right expertise it is often still possible it can be found.”
Mr Boddie said his “treasure hunting” expertise were not strict to just catering for Perth residents, but he would travel anywhere to find someone’s lost ring, if he was given the opportunity to.
“I haven’t been called out of Australia yet or out to the eastern states,” he said.
“I’ll go to Antarctica if you’re paying the bills upfront, just divert your jet to Perth international to scoop me up.”
For service costs and to contact Sean go to https://ringrescues.com.au/.