American arrested after being suspected of looting sunken Spanish Galleon in Bahamas


Photos of a bluehole discovered in the Abacos.

Walker’s Cay, Bahamas — Bahamas Press is following at this hour the arrest of an American who resides in Freeport. We can tell you guest was arrested in the Walker’s Cay area in the Northern Bahamas a few days ago.

Alex Gardiner we are told by investigators was taken into custody for treasure hunting.

Early investigations tell us the accused had come across sunken treasures discovered at the bottom of the sea in a Spanish galleon in the area. Reports allege the American began salvaging and looting the wreck; shipping the items into foreign territory. We are told there was no formal notice made to the Government of the Bahamas for the excavations nor was there any license granted for such.

No communication of his arrest or the discovery of the vessels has been announced by the Ingraham government, but meetings with the King of Spain we believe could soon find new happiness around the table.

The vessels we are told by historians when sunk was been laden with gold and artifacts with a value into the Billions if traded on the world market today.


  1. So you’re saying if a plane goes down it the Bahamas the remnants of the plane wreck belongs to the Bahamas? Ask the Bahamas Government how they handled similar cases where the wreck was disclosed to them. It becomes another case of it’s ours (the Governments) and because you did not get the proper permits you don’t get any! Granted most finds are completely random.

    I wish someone would do a class action suit against the Government for all the money they stole from such cases. But can you imagine – a class-action suit against the Bahamas Government – oh, now that is funny…

  2. Because of the onerous (and totally unreasonable) government requirements, treasure hunting without a license will continue in the Bahamas…and the government won’t catch most of the salvors. Either the government must salvage all the wrecks in Bahamian waters or let entrepreneurs do it. We should not let these valuable artifacts rot in oblivion, which is what the Bahamian government’s plan is.

  3. Governments are low life lazy greedy thieves…It’s “finders keepers” once something is abandoned, as fare as i’m concerned, it belongs to the treasure hunter. Unfortunately bums want the spoils for other’s work. The only caveat being not the destroy the site. Other wise bureaucrats bug Off!

  4. It should be finders keepers. These governments abandoned any rights they had to this treasure IMO, after 100 years passed. Most Spanish Warships acquired their gold and silver by pillaging South America and Mexico anyways, so it’s a wash IMO. They should really return the treasure to the people it was ORIGINALLY stolen from.

  5. My my my,shame,shame…They telling us we can’t eat our turtles we was eating for centuries,and the king of Spain, and the illustrious guests are wiping the shore of our Exuma Cays,and it only takes this exposure from BP to figure it out what was done since times,Lord Yahweh, will you help us?

  6. Ho Hum…. another treasure ship looted from the Bahama Bank.. If the ship (or fleet, more than likely) is located between Walker’s cay and Grand Bahama,this is one of several sites that has been picked over periodically by lucky divers and curious yachtsmen. This happens with boring regularity.Millions of dollars worth of sunken artifacts lie beneath the sands of the Great and Little Bahama Banks, some even so shallow as to be easily exposed by directed thrust from boats ‘ propellers, and especially after storms.Shamefully,
    (allegedly) the laws were even changed to allow for a reversal of the share ratio (formerly Government 75%-Salvor 25%) after pressure from local and foreign treasure hunters. Some local seekers(allegedly known to the Bahamas National Trust) have gotten so rich they now do nothing else but research and blow sand on the banks.

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