posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 05:31 PM
Robot and unmanned helicopter drafted in to find £160million loot stashed on 'treasure island' in 1820
Shaun Whitehead is heading up an archaeological expedition to try to uncover treasure buried on the Pacific island of Cocos worth an estimated
Captain William Thompson
Is said to have buried it on the Cocos Island
The treasure had originally been accrued by the Spaniards in Lima now the capital of Peru but in the face of a revolt the citys viceroy José de la
Serna asked Captain Thompson to ship the valuable goods to the Spanish colony of Mexico
But Captain Thompson had other thoughts
After leaving the port of Callao on the Mary Dear, Thompson killed the viceroy's six men and took a new course to the Cocos island.
The treasure is said to contain
113 gold religious statues, 200 chests of jewels, 273 swords with jewelled hilts, 1,000 diamonds, solid gold crowns, 150 chalices and hundreds of gold
and silver bars.
A string of famous explorers have led failed attempts to find the hidden stash on the uninhabited island including
Depression era U.S. President Franklin Roosevolt, swashbuckling Australian actor Errol Flynn and racing driver Sir Malcolm Campbell all tried and
failed to locate the treasure in the 20th century.
The quest will begin in November will they find the loot could it already of been found or
Maybe Captain Thompson lied and it is not buried on the Cocos