Tuesday 17 October 2017

Message in bottle travels 3,000 miles from East Coast of the US to be discovered off Irish coast

The bottle travelled almost 3,000 miles from the US to Ireland
Photo: Rory Golden
The bottle travelled almost 3,000 miles from the US to Ireland Photo: Rory Golden
The note travelled in the bottle for two years Photo: Rory Golden

Cormac Fitzgerald

A message in a bottle that travelled nearly 3,000 miles across the Atlantic ocean was discovered last week by an Irish scuba diver.

Rory Golden, of Flagship Scuba, Dublin, was doing an annual dive to Friar’s Island, near Claddaghduff, Galway, to visit the ashes of a friend that had been placed there years previously.

On his way back from the dive, Rory noticed the bottle floating on the surface of the water. He fished it out and later opened the bottle, which contained a note. It read:

“My name is Natalie. I’m throwing this bottle into the ocean at Quidnet beach on the island of Nantucket on August the 25th, 2013. If you find it please write to me and tell me you found my 2013 message in a bottle. Thanks."

The note travelled in the bottle for two years
Photo: Rory Golden
The note travelled in the bottle for two years Photo: Rory Golden

Rory got in contact with the girl, who was 11 when she sent the bottle out, and has made plans to return it to her.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Rory said he tracked down the family and has talked to Natalie's father about returning the bottle.

"Her father and myself have been communicating a lot tin the last week," he said.

"They go to Nantucket every Summer for a holiday and for the last 10 years they've thrown a message into a bottle every year.

"This is the longest one they've ever had back.

"The area where I found it is notorious for rocky island and shorelines - there's very few sandy beaches."

"Another day or two and it could have been smashed."

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