Indian River County
- On 12/08/2010
- In Treasure Hunting / Recoveries
By WPTV Web Team
Treasure hunting season is well underway in the waters off of the coast of Indian River County.
Captain Greg Bounds, Brent Brisben, and their team of treasure hunters found a four foot cannon and 22 gold coins just off of the coast of Indian River Shores on Sunday.
They estimate the coins are worth around $150,000 and date back to 1698. The canon is harder to estimate.
Brisben and his father bought out part of the territory owned by famed treasure hunter Mel Fisher, the man who discovered 40 tons of silver and gold on the Atocha wreck in the 1980s.
This is Brisben's first big find since he took over the operation. His group previously found a gold coin and gold locket.
Finding treasure is not as easy as it might appear. Many days treasure hunters return with nothing but suntans.
The group has been searching for the Lost Spanish Fleet of 1715 and the Queen's Jewels. These wrecks, and many more, have helped give the Treasure Coast its appropriate nickname.