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Fisherman tows military target drone to Madeira Beach

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By Peter Bernard

A fisherman found a military target practice drone about 60 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Glenn Davis towed the device to the Holiday Isle Marina in Madeira Beach. Deputies and MacDill Air Force Base personnel are investigating.

The sheriff's office said the device, which is about 20 feet long and jet-propelled, does not contain any explosives and doesn't appear to pose any danger.

Davis said he had been fishing for grouper and snapper for about a week Sunday when he saw what he thought was a life raft on the horizon. He had hoped to collect a reward for removing a hazard to navigation, but the Air Force told him he should have left the drone there and it would have sunk.

Instead, Davis stopped fishing, hooked a rope to it and towed it to Madeira Beach today. Neither the Coast Guard nor Air Force had any interest in what he found, he said. But the sheriff's office and authorities from MacDill did. A team from MacDill came and took away the device.

At one point in time, Davis said, he thought about trying to sell it online.

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