A German teenager swimming in Bavaria last week found a solid gold bar at the bottom of a lake and may get to keep it, local police said this afternoon.
The 16-year-old girl discovered the gold on Friday while swimming in Koenigssee where she was on holiday, a police spokesman said.
The 500g bar, which she found at a depth of two metres, is worth an estimated $25,000.
The girl turned it over to the authorities, who were working to determine its origin.
Police divers scoured the lake floor for further valuables but did not find anything of note.
“If no rightful owner is found and the bar is not related to a crime, then the girl will probably be able to keep it,” the spokesman said.