Wednesday 18 October 2017

Message in a bottle is found 5,600 miles away

Aislinn Laing in Johannesburg

A message in a bottle, posing a question about love, has been found 5,600 miles from where it was dropped into the sea.

The message's author, Anne O'Sullivan, was travelling on a cruise ship past the Indonesian island of Komodo when she tossed the bottle overboard.

"We're sitting in our balcony pondering. Is it better to love or be loved? Your answer will be appreciated. Call us or write to us," the Australian's note read.

Fifteen months later, she received a phone call from a woman in South Africa, telling her: "I found your bottle. It's better to be loved. But to be loved you must love."

Fiona Marlton found the bottle on the Mozambican shoreline during a holiday two years ago. This year, Mrs O'Sullivan travelled to meet Mrs Marlton.

Mrs Marlton said a friend fell ill and died three weeks after she found the bottle.

"I lost a good friend, but when I found this bottle I gained another friend," she said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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