A piece of scrap iron, a dumped bicycle, but also weapons or war equipment. Magnet fishermen bring the most special objects to the surface from canals, canals and rivers. Last week, a magnet fisherman in Assen removed a safe from a canal for the fourth time in a month.
Armed with the best fishing magnets for sale on a rope, they stroll along quays and banks. Young men in particular go out regularly. With a big swing, the magnet is thrown into a canal or river and then slowly drawn in. All in the hope that a treasure will emerge.
Yet there is also a certain image attached to the hobby and there are risks. “You must always keep an eye for your own safety while magnet fishing,” said police spokesman Anne Kok. “Sometimes it’s quite dangerous what people get out of the water, like explosives. So don’t trust it, keep your distance and warn us.”