Friday 27 April 2018

From sea to Skype: Oisin meets girls behind message in a bottle

Oisin Millea with the message in a bottle which he found on the beach at Passage East in Co Waterford, eight years after it was written by two girls from Quebec
Oisin Millea with the message in a bottle which he found on the beach at Passage East in Co Waterford, eight years after it was written by two girls from Quebec
Claudia Garneau
Charlaine Dalpe

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

IT's a story that has captured the imagination of people on both sides of the Atlantic.

Two 12-year-old French-Canadian girls never believed that their message in a bottle would end up in the hands of Oisin Millea (10) on the other side of the world eight years after it set sail.

The girls had seen the idea on TV and decided to write a note before placing it in a two-litre Sprite bottle. They sent it on its way along the St Lawrence River in Quebec while on holiday in 2004.

After a 4,000km journey, their message came ashore in Ireland safely. Yesterday the identity of the girls was revealed as Charlaine Dalpe and Claudia Garneau.

The two women, who are now 20, told the Irish Independent they remained friends to this day and were "excited" at Oisin's discovery.

"We spoke to him and it is really exciting," said Charlaine.

Oisin found the bottle at Passage East, Co Waterford, last week after high tides left the beach strewn with litter from the sea.

Thanks to modern technology, the young schoolboy was able to see the girls on his computer screen while talking to them on Skype. The young women hope to visit Passage East -- to see first-hand where their bottle ended up.

"I was talking to the girls and they remember the day they sent the message in the bottle like it was yesterday," Oisin revealed.

The youngster's mum, Aoife Millea, said that the family had since been "inundated" with calls from worldwide media.

Irish Independent

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