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Unique bracelet found in Bumpass Cove, search underway for owner

This one-of-a-kind bracelet found in the waters off of Bumpas Cove by Chris Gallagher while he was magnet fishing. Gallagher is hoping to find the bracelet’s owner. (Contributed photo)

By Richard Rourk

A local resident and his son recently made a unique find and is seeking help in finding its owner.

Chris Gallagher and his son, Gabe, were recently magnet fishing in Bumpas Cove when they found a very personal bracelet.

“The bracelet has been dated back to the 1940s,” Gallagher said. “The name on the bracelet reads as ‘Harold’.”

According to Gallagher, any information would be appreciated in the search for the proper owner.

“This is a nice piece of history and a very personal piece. I’m sure someone is missing this,” Gallagher said. “I’m just hoping to get some info to find the proper owner.”

Magnet fishing is done by tossing a high powered magnet attached to a rope into bodies of water to retrieve metal objects. It is a combination of environmentalism and treasure hunting. “We magnet fish for two reasons,” Gallagher said. “The main reason is to keep the environment clean and the other is that it’s just a fun hobby and you get to find pieces of history.”

According to Gallagher, he and his son will continue to look for the rightful owner as they continue to find other interesting items.

“I know it’s an important piece of history and means so much to the owner,” Gallagher said. “We will continue to fish out historic items and do our part to keep the environment clean.”

The Gallaghers have found most of their items from magnet fishing in the Bumpas Cove area. “We found a water valve wheel, that was a really cool find,” Gallagher said. “Just finding really old items has been really cool.”

If you have any information that would lead to the proper owner, please contact Chris Gallagher at 330-7983.