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UK man behind bars for picking up coins while snorkelling in Turkey

Authorities say the coins are “historical treasures”.

Picture: pixabay.com

LONDON - A British man faces up to three years in prison in Turkey after picking up some coins while snorkelling at the sea.

The 52-year-old was stopped and arrested as he was about to fly home with his family.

Authorities say the coins are “historical treasures”.

The father of five from the south of England was reportedly dragged off a plane at Bodrum airport as the plane readied for take-off.

Inside his hand luggage were 13 coins he says he found during a fortnight break scuba diving.

The rest of his family have since flown home.

He is said to be in Milas prison having made one court appearance already.

He's being held on suspicion of finding Turkish artefacts without notifying the authorities.

Twenty-five shipwrecks are said to be located off the coast of Bodrum dating from the 4th to the 16th centuries.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)