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Boy Finds Message In Bottle 25 Years Later

What would your message in a bottle be?

When I was a 7-year-old elementary student we wrote messages on scraps of paper, rolled them up, placed them in balloons and then let the balloons float away.

I remember desperately hoping someone would read my message and contact me.  Someone who lived far away from Utah.

A 5-year-old German boy who tossed a message in a bottle into the Baltic sea nearly a quarter-century ago has received an answer.

13-year-old Russian, Daniil Korotkikh, was walking with his parents on a beach when he saw something glittering lying in the sand.

“I saw that bottle and it looked interesting,” Korotkikh told The Associated Press. “It looked like a German beer bottle with a ceramic plug, and there was a message inside.”

His father, who knows schoolboy German, translated the letter, carefully wrapped in cellophane and sealed by a medical bandage.

As the Associated Press Reports, the message from 1987 said:

“My name is Frank, and I’m five years old. My dad and I are traveling on a ship to Denmark. If you find this letter, please write back to me, and I will write back to you.”

The boy in the letter, Frank Uesbeck, is now 29. His parents still live at the letter’s address in the town of Coesfeld.

“At first I didn’t believe it,” Uesbeck says after getting a response to his message in a bottle.

The Russian boy and the German man met each other earlier this month via a web chat and Uesbek gave Korotkikh his new address to write to and promised to write back when he receives his letter.

“He’ll definitely get another letter from me,” the 29-year-old said.  Uesbeck was especially thrilled that he was able to have a positive impact on a life of a young person far away from Germany.  “It’s really a wonderful story,” he said. “And who knows? Perhaps one day we will actually be able to arrange a meeting in person.”

What a cool story and a great activity to do with your kids.  If I lived near the ocean I would take my daughter out to the beach and toss a message in a bottle into the water.

Hey, you never know who could find it.

Photo: flickr.com/funtik.cat

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