Magnet fishers fined after pulling 86 rockets from Fort Stewart river

No good deed goes unpunished.

Within the case of some magnet fishers who cleared 86 rockets, a tank tracer spherical, and .50 caliber ammo belts from a river on Fort Stewart, the toll was various fines from the Georgia Division of Pure Assets.

The group, led by treasure hunter Bryce Nachtwey, known as the bomb squad after their magnet fishing dredged up the ammunition and 86 rockets in a Delta Airways duffel bag, saying they had been simply making an attempt to do the suitable factor.

The change performed out on Nachtwey’s YouTube channel: Open air Weekly.

A Fort Stewart Army Police officer known as to the scene famous that he had by no means seen one thing like this, and wanted to test in along with his command to see what subsequent steps to take. Nonetheless, upon arrival, the Georgia Division of Pure Assets’ native sport warden ticketed them for magnet fishing off the Fort Stewart bridge.

“I didn’t see any indicators,” stated certainly one of Nachwey’s teammates.

“You’re all gettin’ tickets, you may come to court docket and discuss to a decide, okay?” the warden stated. “The explanation magnet fishing shouldn’t be allowed is due to precisely what y’all acquired proper there. You don’t know what’s going to explode and never blow up.”

The choice to tickets could be to go to jail, he added.

Nachtwey stated that he and his group had known as the DNR forward of time, which purportedly stated magnet fishing is authorized so long as it’s in a “inexperienced zone.”

Nonetheless, the warden acknowledged that crimson (off-limit) and inexperienced (acceptable) zones don’t apply on this situation as a result of the group was on Fort Stewart property. As a result of the bottom is owned by the Federal Authorities, the Division of Pure Assets has no authority to problem such permission, although it could ticket for offenses within the space.

The warden issued three tickets every to Nachwey and his two compatriots — two $130 tickets and one $80 ticket — for magnet fishing at Fort Stewart, getting into a closed space and never having Fort Stewart permits.

The trio’s federal court docket date is Sept. 9, 2022.

Sarah Sicard is a Senior Editor with Army Occasions. She beforehand served because the Digital Editor of Army Occasions and the Army Occasions Editor. Different work might be discovered at Nationwide Protection Journal, Activity & Goal, and Protection News.