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From whatever access there is, removing the sender or fill pipe, whatever.

Buy a length of bicycle chain or similar metal link chain. Buy a couple of high strength rare earth magnets from ebay or Amazon. Stick the magnets on the end of the chain and snake it around till it hits the file and grabs it. Then just ease it out.

Unless you've got a steel/iron tank in which case the magnets buy you nothing. Those rare earth magnets can do some serious flesh pinching, be careful with them.

If it is a magnetic tank, I suppose you could simply place some magnets under it to grab the file and keep it from banging around, and then just ignore it.
 
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