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Friday, February 24, 2012

Astonishing 2,000-mile journey of message in a bottle that was found on beach

Two disparate families have been brought together by a message in a bottle which made an astonishing 2,000-mile journey across the Atlantic.

Aidan Curtis stumbled across the note, which travelled across the ocean inside a plastic drinks bottle, on a beach in Taunton Sands, north Devon, as he walked his dog.

The 36-year-old took it home to his wife, Melanie,

and their 11-month-old daughter, Isobel, and they discovered the bottle had made its way all the way from Newfoundland, Canada.

Adventurous Mataia Warren, 11, tossed the bottle containing the note into the sea on August 27th last year while staying with her grandparents in the area.

Mr Curtis and Ms Almond, from Braunton, replied and they ended up surprising Mataia and her mother on Canadian radio station CBC last week.

Ms Almond said: 'Mataia went completely quiet with shock when she heard our voices while her mum started crying.'

Mataia's note had simply explained that it was her grandmother's idea to send the message and, if found, to write back to her address or contact her by phone.

She added she had been inspired by an uncle who had sent a message in a bottle but his had only travelled a short distance down the Canadian coast.

Speaking from Canada, Mataia’s mother, Wanda, said: 'Occasionally Mataia would say to me, "I wonder where my bottle is?" But we didn’t expect this.

'I think it was overwhelming, just to hear the different accent as much as anything.'


p/s: It was every dream for a kid to do this. I've tried it once before at Port Dickson but never get a replied. LULZ.

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