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Seymour Tower hidden ‘treasure’ found washed up at Selsey Beach

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FOR Jersey’s Geocachers, finding the little box hidden at Seymour Tower is no small feat – involving a walk out to sea over rugged coastline while all the time keeping one eye on the tide...

The Geocache Facebook page of the cache from Seymour Tower

But getting your hands on the cache recently got a little harder – after it fell into the water and washed up on a beach 120 miles away on the south coast of England.

Geocaching – where participants use a GPS receiver or mobile phone app to find containers hidden by fellow participants – has become hugely popular in recent years.

In 2006, Cache L’Avarizon was placed in a crack in the wall at Seymour Tower and has since been found more than 130 times.

But last month it was discovered in an unexpected place – Selsey Beach in West Sussex – by a young boy on holiday with his family.

The excited youngster then showed the package to his teacher at his school in neighbouring East Sussex, who just happened to be an avid Geocacher and looked up the code to find the container’s real home.

In a post on her cache page, the teacher said: ‘A pupil in my class came to me excited as he’d found some treasure at the weekend.

‘He showed me the plastic container and its contents, which were a very rusty key-shaped metal money clip, a 500 Tanzanian shilling note and a small notebook.

‘The writing within the notebook was totally illegible. However, the boy pointed out to me some “secret” language and codes which potentially lead to more treasure.

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‘He was beside himself with excitement.

‘I realised it was Geocaching language that gave the cache name and GC code and the Geocaching website.’

She added: ‘Here comes the amazing part... he said he found it soaking as it had been in the sea and washed up on the beach he was visiting on holiday – Selsey Beach, West Sussex.

‘Amazingly, somehow this little box had travelled all the way across the Channel, facing some pretty rough conditions and landed on this beach to be found by an innocent passer by.’

According to a Geocaching blog, the cache’s owners have allowed the boy to keep his ‘treasure’ and have replaced the package.

Richard Heath

By Richard Heath
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