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The couple who threw a magnet into the New York river make a discovery that “changes their lives”

The couple who threw a magnet into the New York river make a discovery that “changes their lives”

The couple who threw a magnet into the New York river make a discovery that “changes their lives”

The couple who threw a magnet into the New York river make a discovery that

James Kane and Barbie Agostini made the discovery last month

A couple who threw a magnet into a river made a truly unexpected discovery.

James Kane and Barbie Agostini of New York started magnet fishing as a way to pass the time during the pandemic.

I mean, we all took up new hobbies during the dark days of Covid-19, but this American couple decided to continue with them once everything returned to normal.

Magnet fishing involves attaching a really strong magnet to the end of a fishing rod, casting it into the water, and hoping for the best, really.

While they had found some valuable items before, a trip to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens on May 31 was truly “life-changing” for James and Barbie.

James Kane and Barbie Agostini couldn't believe their luck.  (NY1)

James Kane and Barbie Agostini couldn’t believe their luck. (NY1)

To his surprise, the imam picked up a “mystery box” filled with $100,000 in cash.

James told NY1: “We have found many safes before, this is exactly what a magnetic fisherman does.

“We took it out and there were two bundles of hundreds. Big bundles.”

“I couldn’t believe it,” Barbie added. “I lost it.”

Of course, the concern then was whether the couple would be able to hold on to their newfound fortune.

So they did the right thing and informed the New York Police Department (NYPD) of their surprising find.

Fortunately for them, the force said they could not find any crime involving the cash, so they were able to keep it.

The bad news, however, was that some of the money was damaged by water.

Therefore, the Treasury Department in DC will have to review the bills and replace them with new bills.

However, this process is far from simple and quick, as a team of 11 people will now spend up to nine months sorting through the soaked paper.

Cash seemed far from healthy.  (NY1)

Cash seemed far from healthy. (NY1)

And James and Barbie will have to wait until it’s over to get their money back.

However, there is hope that the process will not take that long, as the team is often tasked with resurrecting piles of cash that are sometimes literally reduced to dust.

The case of James and Barbie isn’t that bad, although James had some worrying news.

He revealed that only 40 percent of the money he and his wife found survived two weeks on dry land.

Some of the notes were said to be becoming brittle and beginning to disintegrate.

James even sent an email to the government to try to speed things up.

He wrote: “All the immediate attention we are getting from this money is driving us a little crazy and we are a little scared.

“We don’t have much money, so we’ll use whatever we have to get a bus there.”

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Topics: New York, Money, US News