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A "magnet fishing" couple claims to have pulled a small box containing approximately $100,000 (£78,000) (Sh13 million) from a lake in New York.

James Kane and Barbie Agostini threw a magnet fishing rope into a lake in the Queens area on Friday and pulled up a small box.

When they opened the box, they found it filled with water-damaged $100 bills.


They said the police informed them that the box was not linked to any crime and that they were allowed to keep the money.

The BBC has reached out to the New York Police Department (NYPD) for comments.

"We've found many boxes before," Mr. Kane said. "And then I saw the number of bills and thought: 'This can't be real.'

"We pulled it out, and it was a huge stack of hundreds," he added. "It’s a thick bundle - soaked, badly damaged."


"There were no identifications in the small box, nor any way to find the real owner," Ms. Agostini said. "[The police] said: 'Congratulations!'"

Magnet fishing involves dragging a rope with a strong magnet through lakes and rivers to see what can be pulled up.

The couple said they began magnet fishing during the Covid-19 pandemic and added that in the past, they have found World War II grenades, 19th-century guns, and a large motorcycle.