Moosburg – Patrick B. has a special hobby: In his free time, the 22-year-old from Munich likes to pull a magnet on a string through rivers and streams. The older the water, the more exciting. There are internet forums in which 5,000 people exchange ideas about what is known as magnetic fishing, and Patrick is also networked there. If something gets stuck, and it’s not rusty scrap metal, the catch is photographed and displayed online. Patrick was able to get hold of coins with the year 1903, and cartridge cases from days of war can be found again and again.
The brown trunk that he pulls out of a works canal near the Moosburg compensation pond on Sunday is not a case for the home showcase – it ensures that a complete bridge is closed.
“Doesn’t look good, call the police immediately”
The 22-year-old takes a cell phone photo and posts it to an online group. After ten minutes he already has 50 comments. Some suspect a bottle or an exhaust pipe. One advises: “It doesn’t look good, you’d better call the police immediately!” Patrick remembers a friend who once came across a 250-kilo bomb while magnet fishing near Berlin. So he carefully ties the line to the railing so that the catch continues to float in the water. Then he dials the emergency number.
Everyone suddenly catches their breath