When George Tindale and his father fished out a safe full of money they tracked down the owner to return it.
Treasure hunting is a big business, and the magnet fishing technique has become very popular. This technique involves hobbyists dropping magnets attached to strong ropes into waterways and waiting to see what the magnets attract.
What fifteen-year-old George Tindale of the popular magnet fishing YouTube channel ‘Magnetic G’ fished out led to a heartwarming story.
What One Teen and His Dad Found While Magnet Fishing
George and his 52-year-old father, Kevin, of Grantham, Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom, went magnet fishing in the River Witham and pulled up a safe.
They cracked the safe open with a crowbar and found $2,500 Australian dollars (equivalent to $1,800 USD), a shotgun certificate and credit cards that expired in 2004. Using the certificate and credit cards, the father and son tracked down Rob Everett, the owner of the safe.
George and his parents, Kevin and Denise, visited Everett to return the money.
Everett runs Winkworth and the Money Options Group in Grantham. The safe was stolen in 2000 during a robbery and was dumped in the river. The robbery had been committed by a teenage boy, who was caught after leaving a cap with his name stitched inside.
“It’s ironic, because it was a 12 or 13 year old lad that stole from him and my son is 15. It was stolen by a teenager and a teenager has given it back,” Denise Tindale told Daily Mail.
How a Teen Proved the Importance of Integrity
Everett rewarded George a small reward for his honesty and even offered him work.
“Rob was great. If I ever want work experience when I leave school, he said the offer is always open,” George said.
The ending to a story that began 22 years ago makes Everett have faith in humanity. “For me, I just felt 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. They wanted to return the contents and the goods to the rightful owners and I think that says a lot about humanity,” he said.
George said this has been his favorite magnet fishing experience and it’s definitely an experience that will inspire others. Even while hunting for treasure, there’s opportunity to do good.