A ‘Jewel Box’, This Time!
A man was trekking in the Mount Blanc, and while hiking the des Bossons glacier, he, suddenly, stumbled upon a metal box lying under the ice. The man had no idea that quite a surprise was waiting for him, as he found rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and other precious gems inside the box!
There was a lot of speculation as to whether he could be the sole owner of those precious gems found in 2013. Eventually, the concerned authorities in France have distributed the gems among the local administration and the mountaineer, and two equal lots valued at around EUR 150,000 (USD 169,000) each. As expected, the mountaineer is happy to become the owner of some of those gems that he had found eight years ago.
Whenever mountaineers go to Mount Blanc, it is seen that they come across debris. This climber, too, initially thought that it was a wreck buried under the glacier. However, he could not imagine that the box would change his destiny. Talking to the media, Chamonix Mayor Eric Fournier said he was “very happy” that the series of events had been brought to a conclusion, showering praises on the climber for his integrity in turning his find in to the Police as per the Law.
Coincidentally, two Air India planes had crashed in 1950 and in 1966 in that area, where the mountaineer found the box. Experts are of the opinion that the gems-filled box had fallen from one of the two aircraft, and had been buried under the glacier for more than five decades. In may be noted that India, in September 2012, had taken possession of a bag of diplomatic mail from the Kangchenjunga, a Boeing 707 flying from Mumbai to New York.
The aircraft crashed on the southwest face of Mont Blanc on January 24, 1966, claiming 117 lives, including the pioneer of the South Asian Nation’s nuclear programme Homi Jehangir Bhabha. Again, the melting glacier had also surfaced some newspapers from the crash site. Some of those dailies reportedly carried the headline ‘India’s First Woman Prime Minister’, referring to the election victory of Indira Gandhi in 1966.
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