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Americans find $100k treasure in queens lake during magnet fishing

Lake in Corona Park in Queens
Lake in Corona Park in Queens
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8:58 AM EDT, June 5, 2024

A pair of Americans has been searching for treasures using the "magnet" method for years. They finally managed to pull a real treasure from the bottom of a lake. "At first, I didn't believe it. We pulled it up and saw huge stacks of money," said James Kane, quoted by the BBC.

James Kane and Barbie Agostini went to the lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the northern part of Queens, New York, last Friday. They dipped a fishing rod with a magnet attached to it into the water. Suddenly, they felt they had caught something. They were extremely surprised when they pulled out a real treasure.

Treasure at the bottom of the lake

It turned out that a metal box had attached itself to the magnetic rod. The couple quickly realized it was a safe. It was not the first time they found such a vault, but it was the first time with such contents. Inside were bundles of hundred-dollar bills damaged by water.

"At first, I didn't believe it. We pulled it up and saw huge stacks of money," said James Kane, quoted by the BBC.

As reported by the BBC, there were about 100 thousand dollars (over 100 thousand dollars) in the submerged safe.

Happy finders

Not knowing what to do with the safe they found, the Americans took it to the police station. Much to the delight of the finders, the police officers determined that the safe was not connected to any crime and that the couple could enjoy the fortune they had found. Additionally, no identification documents in the vault could help locate the property's original owner. "Well, I can only congratulate you," said a New York City police officer.

The officer added that he has been in the profession for 18 years but has never encountered a similar situation.

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