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Bottle with message tossed close to Falklands emerges five years later in New Zealand

Tuesday, October 10th 2017 - 06:25 UTC
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The message was dropped into the south Atlantic, 300 miles south west of the Falkland Islands, launched on Friday, January 20 2012. The message was dropped into the south Atlantic, 300 miles south west of the Falkland Islands, launched on Friday, January 20 2012.

Tossed into the sea by a sailor on a yacht in the Atlantic ocean, a message in a bottle drifted across the seas for five years. Some 8000 kilometers later, it washed up on a Northland beach in New Zealand. A couple were walking along the waterfront near their home when the corked wine bottle caught their eye. Inside was a letter thrown into the sea near the Falkland Islands, penned on January 20, 2012. 

 The couple, who wished to remain anonymous, were now trying to track down the sender. They were surprised to find the paper and cork perfectly intact, though they had to smash the bottle to get it out.  

The letter was written by a man from Scotland who was sailing a yacht through the Atlantic. He had put the message in the bottle and threw it overboard on behalf of his three grandchildren, the letter reads.

“This message was dropped into the south Atlantic, 300 miles south west of the Falkland Islands, launched by [name] on Friday, January 20 2012,” he wrote. 
“If found, we would love to hear from the finder, when and where found.” 

The woman's husband had passed by the bottle and back-tracked when he saw something tucked inside. “My husband finds treasures all the time, he's got a pretty sharp eye for stuff,” she said.

Having lived on the beach for 30 years the couple have found countless buoys, “shipwreck stuff” and pieces of amber glass scattered along the shore. But this was something else altogether. “It's quite exciting, really,” she said. 

The woman and her daughter were using the names from the letter to search for the man and his grandchildren on social media, and planned to pen a letter of their own to the address given in Scotland. 

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  • Think

    TWIMC...

    “This message was dropped into the south Atlantic, 300 miles south west of the Falkland Islands” said the message...

    300 miles SOUTH WEST of the Falkland/Malvinas..........., huhhhh?

    That necessarily places our sweet bottle throwing Scottish sailinggrandpa within 30 miles off the southermost coast of Argentina...

    The important qoestion is...:
    Was it a Whisky bottle...?

    El Think...
    (Tossing this comment into the internet..., some 600 miles west-northwest of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands..., from his Xcover4... ;-)

    Oct 10th, 2017 - 01:44 pm 0
  • DemonTree

    Hmm you have a point. You'd think that would put him much nearer the Isla de los Estados than the Falklands.

    And isn't 600 miles WNW of the Falklands somewhere in Santa Cruz province, not Chubut?

    PS. “the corked wine bottle caught their eye.”

    Oct 10th, 2017 - 03:03 pm 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Message sent in 2012 and discovered in 2017.

    That's almost as fast as the Chilean postal system, which took a little over a year to send my package from Puerto Varas to Puerto Natales.
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    News from the Argentine Foreign Ministry today reveals that it claims imprescriptible sovereignty rights over the bottle that once floated somewhere near Tierra del Fuego.

    Oct 10th, 2017 - 04:27 pm 0
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