Lamar County

Local diver on quest for Atlantis

By Sherri Ellington

Lamar County's own treasure hunter Kelly Garrett is at it again – and this time he's going for a treasure of mythological proportions. The Edgar Cayce Foundation is paying expenses for the diving team Garrett works with to inspect a find its experts think may just be the ruins of the lost continent of Atlantis.

Garrett said the crew of the Aquaquest, a 70 foot steel hull research and salvage vessel, found the object in question about a year ago while seeking sand for beach restoration off the coast of Bimini.

"I don't know what it is. We certainly didn't find any temples," said Garrett. "I don't believe in Atlantis."

He points to an upside down map in a book he was reading on the subject before heading out for the three week cruise as just one reason for his skepticism. Garrett thinks the rectangular object, found under 90 feet of water, could be a sunken barge.

"We found one of those once, nearly swallowed by sand," he said. "We tried to salvage it but there was nothing on it but a couple of lobsters."