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Woman Loses Purse During Trip To Lake - 25 Years Later, It's Fished Out

A man in South Carolina took a young family member fishing for the Independence Day holiday weekend. The 11-year-old boy thought he'd hooked something big, and he struggled to reel it in. When he finally got it out of the water, it wasn't what he expected, but the man fishing with him knew just what to do with it.

Ben Meyers says he was helping the preteen to get what they thought was going to be a 30-pound catfish out of Lake Hartwell. "I get my net and he gets it to the top of the water, all of a sudden I see it's a purse," Meyers tells reporters. "I said 'man you ain't caught no fish, you caught a treasure!'"

The treasure was a heavy purse full of someone's belongings. As Meyers and the boy went through the purse on the dock, the man was shocked to recognize the name on some of the identification. He was a friend of the owner's family, so he thought he'd give her a call to tell her that he found her stuff.

April Bolt was shocked when she learned that her bag had been dragged out of the lake. She lost it all the way back in 1992. She and her husband had been spending a day on his boat, and she left the purse on the boat when they docked and went for a bite to eat with her parents. When she got back to the boat, the purse was nowhere to be found.

Bolt had assumed at the time that the purse was stolen. "I was devastated, I was crying," Bolt said. "I knew it was going to be a lot of work trying to cancel all my credit cards and license. The main thing was my little boy was 15 months old and all his pictures were in there."

This happened back in the days when people didn't have a digital camera on them 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Losing old photos could be heartbreaking because in many cases they could not be replaced.

When Bolt was told that her purse had been laying at the bottom of the lake all these years, she went with her daughter, Abby Bolt, to go check it out.

"It's quite humorous, considering the wallet, perfume, lipsticks, numerous credit cards from stores that were open 25 years ago, family pictures, 52 cents in change, a check book, a teasing comb, etc. -- it's a serious time capsule!" said Abby.

Bolt says that she'd long since replaced the identification and cancelled the credit cards, but they were all intact so it seems the purse was never stolen at all. It was just an accident. Bolt found what was once her favorite lipstick and other cosmetics still in the bag.

The mom was delighted most of all to get her son's baby pictures back. Only a little worse for wear, considering they had been underwater for 25 years, the photos were in remarkably good shape.

Source: Fox Carolina, UPI
Photo: WYFF Screenshot

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