A family finds gold by the Florida shore, and it’s one discovery, complete with a hidden Spanish gold chain and coins, that the Schmitt’s — a treasure hunting family who search for submerged booty as a business — will never forget. Over $300K worth of sunken Spanish gold was found by the seafaring family members while diving not far from Florida’s Treasure Coast, the Monitor reports this Wednesday, Sept. 4.
It seems the family that finds gold together, stays together. Rick Schmitt began his own treasure hunting company in the deep blue sea back in 1999, called Booty Salvage. While he soon had his family involved in his diving searches for hidden treasure, resurfacing with several gold coins and a long gold chain worth an estimated $300K has brought the Schmitt’s into the national headlights.
The family’s passion for lost booty, gold, and one another helped bring the “pirating” unit, for while the money may be great, it’s the love they have for the sport of treasure hunting in the Florida waters and doing it together that makes the experience that much better.
“My dad wanted to share that experience with us kids,” said daughter Hillary, 20, who has been diving since she was 5 years old, told CBS. The 20-year-old added that now, seeing s speck of sunken gold isn’t a rare occurrence, though it is almost never as valuable as what the Schmitt’s reeled in this week. “We love doing it. It’s a family effort. … Not only are we doing something that’s really fun, we get to do it as a family. It’s a pretty awesome experience.”
Although an exact value for the submerged-now-surfaced treasure hasn't been given, early guesses from appraisers value the small gold hoard as well over $300K.
"Through it all, the greatest treasure is time with the family," finished Lisa Schmitt, Rick Schmitt's wife.
What do you think about the family finds gold story? Does it make you want to rent out some scuba-diving equipment and see if you can find any coins, chains, or lost Spanish treasure for yourself?