The fortunate man leaped into the nearby river creating a bit of panic as nearby witnesses thought he was attempting to drown himself in an act of suicide. The bystanders called the police, who yanked him out of the water with a whole bag of cash.
The mystery of how €100,000 (that’s around R1.5 million) of cash was floating around the Danube, which is a massive waterway that flows through vast terrains of Eastern Europe has police highly baffled.
The immense stash of €100 and €500 banknotes was seen floating on the Austrian River on Saturday when a young fellow saw the money and hopped into the river to try and get it.
Shocked witnesses to the event assumed the young man was attempting to commit suicide and called the police, reports Oesterreich daily paper. Cops turned up just in time to catch him fishing out the money. He is now attempting to legally claim his findings.
Investigations have so far found no criminal act in the area in which such a sum of money had been lost, said the spokesman of the Vienna police. "The boy said he wanted to bring it to the police, but the question is whether the police found it or the boy," the police spokesman said.
In Austria, any individual who discovers money and takes it over to the police can claim somewhere around 5 and 10 per cent for each penny of the total sum of what was found.
They additionally have the right to claim the entire sum if its legitimate proprietor can't be found with a year of the incident.
An early Christmas present perhaps?