April's quirky news
CREATED Sep. 5, 2013
KGUN9- FLORIDA- Talk about a real life Swiss Family Robinson type story. A family from Florida took up treasure hunting and you will never believe what they found!
While on a diving trip, the Schmitt family discovered actual sunken treasure! The treasure of gold chains and coins is from the wreckage of a convoy oF 11 ships that went down in a hurricane in 1715.
The find is worth $300,000. The ships manifest says there was about $400 million in treasure on the boat, so far $175 million has been found.
Unfortunately though, it's not all good news for the family. Under US and Florida law, the treasure will be placed into the custody of the US District Court in South Florida. The state of Florida will be allowed to take possession of up to 20 percent of the find for display in a state museum.
So much for "finders keepers!"