Man Puts Message in a Bottle Over 40 Years Ago – It Just Washed Ashore 3,000 Miles Away

by Cassy Fiano | January 6, 2015 1:44 pm

It’s the plot of countless books and movies — someone puts a message in a bottle and lets it float out to sea, where someone else finds it thousands of miles away. But for one Scottish fishermen, that story was real.

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Scottish fisherman John Souter placed a message in a bottle 42 years ago — and it was just discovered by a German tourist on the shores of New York.

According to Mail Online, which first reported the story, Souter was on a fishing trip in 1973 when he was sailing with his father and late brother-in-law.

The 66-year-old wrote the message on a torn out page of an edition of the fishing almanac and tossed it into the ocean.

…“I remember doing it,” he told Mail Online. “I was aboard my father’s fishing boat. I tore a bit of paper out of an old fishing almanac on board and wrote my name, address and the date on it, before putting it inside an old Hay’s lemonade bottle and throwing it into the sea.”

That means the bottle ultimately traveled more than 8,000 miles before making its way back to its owner, Mail Online reported.

It’s a pretty incredible story that for most of us, likely seems pretty far-fetched to think of happening in real life. But it did for this man, and now he’ll have a story to tell his children and grandchildren for years to come.

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