Napoli reward for honest Tom

PUBLISHED: 14:10 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 June 2010

A kind-hearted beach-comber from Seaton, who returned a valuable oil painting washed up from the MSC Napoli, has been rewarded by its owner. Tom Coombs, 42, picked up the work of art after finding it on Branscombe beach almost a year ago. The painting, St

A kind-hearted beach-comber from Seaton, who returned a valuable oil painting washed up from the MSC Napoli, has been rewarded by its owner.Tom Coombs, 42, picked up the work of art after finding it on Branscombe beach almost a year ago.The painting, Still Life, is thought to be worth several thousands of pounds and now artist Aydar Khusainov, from St Petersburg, will reward Mr Coombs' gesture with another of his paintings. "For my own conscience, I thought it would be nice for the owner to have it back and give the painting a bit of history," said Mr Coombs."It's been shipwrecked, washed ashore, picked up and then returned to the owner."Mr Khusainov said: "For a long time, I have noticed that my pictures have their own destiny."I would like to thank the man who has found my picture and taken care of it."The MSC Napoli ran aground off the coast of Branscombe on January 18 last year, leading to a frenzy of looting and national media attention.The stricken vessel is slowly being taken apart and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency hopes to complete the operation by April.

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