Thursday 29 September 2016

Worth an icy dip: Man who finds €100,000 in the Danube can claim portion under Austrian law

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 07/12/2015 | 17:03

The money had to be dried out after it was fished out of the Danube
Credit: Vienna Polizei
The money had to be dried out after it was fished out of the Danube Credit: Vienna Polizei
Hundreds of bank notes were recovered from the freezing water Credit: Vienna Polizei

Police in Austria are baffled as to how tens of thousands of Euro made its way into the River Danube.

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The bank notes were spotted by a member of the public on Saturday, and prompted a man to jump into the freezing waters to collect the money.

BBC news reports that the recovered money amounted to €100,000, and was in the form of €500 and €100 notes.

A police spokesman said no crimes had been recorded in the area recently and they were unsure as to where the money came from.

Initial reports by Austrian media suggested the police believed the notes to be counterfeit, but they have since confirmed the money is genuine.

They became aware of the floating money when they were called to the river by members of the public who feared a young man was attempting suicide.

It transpired he was in the water to recover the money.

In Austria, anyone who finds money and hands it over to police is entitled to claim between 5% and 10% of the total.

However if the owner is not found within a year, the entire sum will be given to the boy.

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