PEOPLE OF INTEREST
Treasure hunters at sea must deal with admiralty leases and percentages to
the state, but treasure found on land belongs to the finder outright. Martinez
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keeps much of what he finds, an investment for his children’s future.
“The waves were coming in so hard that for every four
targets I’d get, I recovered one,” he says. “It was awesome for
that little time window. I was at the right place at the right
time. It felt good knowing I’d done everything right and
found really cool stuff. It makes you feel special.”
It also helps to have years of experience.
“If the wind just feels right at 2 a.m., I head to the beach.”
There is magic in recovering treasure, but it is magic requiring
preparation, patience and a unique perspective on life.