Charges for removing treasure

Date: 2/2/2010

Police have confiscated what are believed to be gold pieces from the Nuku’alofa homes of the divers. Police were tipped off about the shipwreck off the main island of Tongatapu, when people started turning up to dental surgeries wanting to melt down what appeared to be gold tubes measuring up to 12 centimetres in length. Shipwrecks found within the territorial waters of Tonga are government property and so it is required that the authorities are notified and items from the wreck are not to be removed. It is yet to be confirmed that the items taken from the wreck are gold.

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