Florida family discoversgold from 1715 wreckage


A Florida family found gold chains and coins from a shipwreck during a diving trip. (Reuters)
September 4, 2013

A Florida family that hunts for treasure struck it rich over the weekend, hauling up about $300,000 worth of gold from wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean.

“What’s really neat about them is they . . . spend family time together out there, and the most amazing part about them is they always believed this day would come,” said Brent Brisben, whose company owns the rights to the wreckage.

Rick and Lisa Schmitt and grown children Hillary and Eric found gold chains and coins from the wreckage of 11 ships that went down near Florida in a hurricane in 1715. The ships were traveling from Cuba to Spain.

The ships’ logs indicate that about $400 million in treasure was onboard. About $175 million has been recovered, Brisben said.

The Schmitts will share the treasure with Brisben’s company and the state of Florida.

This is the second big find for Eric Schmitt. He found a silver platter worth about $25,000 when he was in high school.

— Reuters

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