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i dont know if this could have made it down into the oil pan, but IF it did, maybe this could work. drain all your oil, let it sit for a while to really drain out. the oil drain hole should be big enough to stick your inspection cam through to look around.
IF it is in there, you might be able to pull out your starter, and remove the larger oil dipstick opening above it. goto dieselorings.com and download the instructions to do this, as this is can be kinda tricky and a gamble in itself. youll have to find a small brush or fashion something to hold onto the inner part of the large nut in the pan. once you get that done, you can tie a string onto the handle of the brush( see the kit on dieslorings.com to get an idea of what im talking about), and lower the inner part into the pan, but still be able to retrieve it when your done.
now that you have two openings, you can use your cam in the drain hole to guide you, and use a "magnet on a stick" tool to retrieve the clamp, and pull it out of the upper dipstick hole. i dont think this would be too hard, but anything is better than having to pull a motor.
as a last resort, if the clamp is in the oil pan and you can see it with your cam, go buy the strongest magnet you can find. harbor freight has like 150lb retrieval magnets pretty cheap. drag the clamp with the magnet through the pan, and pull it into a corner. leave the magnet on the outside of the pan and call it a day.