Kingfisher Lakes revealed a hidden treasure at the weekend in the form of a dumped Bank of Queensland ATM. Police are investigating.
Kingfisher Lakes revealed a hidden treasure at the weekend in the form of a dumped Bank of Queensland ATM. Police are investigating. Valerie Horton

Swimmers find ATM in estuary

A GROUP of young boys thought they had hit the jackpot when they made an unlikely discovery in a Hervey Bay waterway yesterday.

The four were splashing about an estuary which runs through the Kingfisher Lakes estate at Eli Waters when they found a dumped ATM.

The rusty machine bore the Bank of Queensland logo and was found in parts under a bridge.

General duties police and detectives were called to the scene.

One of the boys said they first thought it was a concrete slab but were excited when they realised it was an ATM.

“We thought there might still be money in it but there wasn’t,” the boy said.

“It was all broken up and there are still bits under the bridge.”

The boys tried to retrieve the ATM with rope but abandoned their efforts soon after. They were found swimming in a nearby Eli Waters estuary when they gave police the news about finding the ATM.

While police appreciated the efforts to which the boys went to retrieve the machine they warned against jumping off bridges into shallow water. They thanked the boys for their efforts and gave them advice about safe swimming practices.

Police are investigating where the ATM may have come from.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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