Meet the Scavengers, who recovered a lost engagement ring for New York woman

Arun Srinivasan
·Writer
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If Marvel Studios ever runs out of superhero stories, they may want to contact The Scavengers.

Gina Bopp, a woman from Queens, New York, lost her engagement ring in the ocean while spending a day at Rockaway Beach with friends on Monday.

Bopp was certain they’d she’d never see her ring again after searching for eight hours and contacted Merrill Kazanjian of Metal Detecting NYC to help locate the lost item.

“I went on Amazon and bought a fake one, because I thought there’s no way I’m going to get another one,” Bopp said of the lost ring to CBS 2 New York.

Kazanjian knew exactly who to call, a group of treasure hunting enthusiasts who were happy to help out. Enter, The Scavengers.

A group of treasure hunting enthusiasts located a lost engagement ring at Rockaway Beach. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A group of treasure hunting enthusiasts located a lost engagement ring at Rockaway Beach. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

“I was at work but these are the type of moments you want to help out,” Scavengers member Louis DeFeo said.

Kazanjian has been keenly interested in metal detecting since 2012 and hosts a YouTube channel titled MetalDetectingNYC. Along with being a key member of the Scavengers, he is scheduled to speak at an October 2020 metal detecting conference called Gone Diggin Beach Blast.

After 40 minutes of conducting an extensive search, Scavengers member Tracy Behling located the ring entrenched a foot and a half deep into the beach.

“That is by far the coolest thing I ever found,” Behling said.

It goes to show that not all hope is lost and you can bet that Bopp will certainly have a cool story or two to tell.

“I feel like I have some good angels and you guys now are them, too, on Earth,” Bopp said.