Mel Fisher,76, a treasure hunter who found fortune in...

Deaths Elsewhere

December 22, 1998

Mel Fisher,76, a treasure hunter who found fortune in underwater riches left behind by unlucky Spanish sea captains, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Key West, Fla.

The Fisher family struck it rich in 1985 when son Kane found the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, a Spanish galleon loaded with an estimated $400 million in gold, silver and gems that went down in 1622 off Key West.

Pub Date: 12/22/98

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