Are 'pirates of the Comal' helping tubers or just turning profit?

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by Sarah Forgany / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 2 at 4:40 PM

Hot weather means cool hangout spots, and by now, most of us are beating the summer heat by floating the river.

But for some, the Comal River water is more than just a convenient place to cool down. It’s also a perfect opportunity to make a profit... and your loss is sometimes their gain.

Though that may not be the case for every diver, finding lost items at the bottom of the river has become a hobby for snorkelers of all ages.

They sit by the tube chutes where tubers get siphoned off into a small channel and often flip over in their tubes. That’s when the snorkelers will dive and find glasses, cameras, money, rings and just about anything else that’s brought to the river.

Over the years, the snorkelers have helped recover credit cards, IDs and other valuables, returning them to the owners. Sometimes, they’ve even saved lives.

But there are those who have also been labeled as river pirates. They told KENS 5 that they collect many of the lost items, then sell them or offer them back to the owners for a reward.

If you missed our first report, you can see some more exclusive interviews in our video story by clicking the video play button above.

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