Searching for Lost Treasure
The Dry Tortugas is a cluster of seven islands 112 kilometers west of Key West, Florida. Surrounded by coral reefs and sandy shoals, this island chain is the graveyard of dozens of sailing ships and their crews. One modern day treasure hunter mounted a search for a Spanish galleon laden with riches that went down near the islands in a hurricane more than three centuries ago. After 16 years of searching, Mel Fisher's persistence paid off with the discovery of a treasure worth nearly half a billion dollars. VOA's Tang Ximing has more on Fisher's salvage expedition and the treasures found.