Teen Finds a Safe Containing Thousands on Bottom of River – Tracks Down Owner Who'd Been Robbed 22 Years ago
Teenage treasure hunter George Tindale used a heavy-duty magnet to pull up a safe containing thousands, and tracked down the owner.
A teenage treasure hunter who combs river bottoms with a heavy-duty magnet pulled a safe containing thousands of dollars—and he captured hearts online after returning the money to its rightful owner.
George Tindale was scouring the River Witham in Grantham, Lincolnshire, with his dad when he made the incredible discovery three weeks ago. They followed a trail of clues to track down the cash’s owner, a businessman whose safe was stolen 22 years ago.
“I mean it was amazing really,” said the 15-year-old who lives in Newark, Nottinghamshire. “We pulled this safe out and it had all that money in.”
The father and son were left gobsmacked when among the mud and slime inside the small safe was a pouch containing $2,500 colorful Australian dollars (around $1,800 US).
Also inside were a certificate and expired bank cards that gave the magnet ‘fishermen’ enough information to track down Rob Everett.
After contacting Rob to explain the amazing find, the kindhearted pair visited him last week at his business in Grantham to return the stolen property.
“I was just amazed that they’d been able to track me down,” said Rob. “There are some really nice and good people in this world. They could have kept the money, they could have said they attempted to get hold of me.
George was even offered a job after the business owner met him. “If I ever want work-experience when I leave school, he said the offer is always open.”
Mr. Everett also gave George a small reward.
“They wanted to return the contents and the goods to the rightful owners and I think that says a lot about humanity… to go to all that trouble.”
After seeing the video where George does a quick calculation regarding the stack of currency, Ron realized that the youth is a good mathematician. “What’s good about it is, I run a wealth management company and… I’d love him to work for us.”
“There’s a big lesson there. It teaches George that doing good and being honest and giving back is actually more rewarding than taking.”
Although George started magnet fishing three years ago to search for treasure, his hobby now also highlights river pollution and the harm it can have on wildlife. He regularly records his findings on his popular Youtube channel Magnetic G.
“We’re doing a follow up video because we’ve got people hanging off the edges of their seats if you read through the comments,” said George’s mom, Denise.