Bottled Message Receives Reply After 24 Years


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13-year old Daniil Korotkikh was walking along the Curonian Spit, a 60-mile stretch of sand dune that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea Coast, when he spotted something sparkling in the sand. The curious boy went to check it out, and discovered what appeared to be an old German beer bottle sealed with a ceramic plug, inside which, was a rolled up letter.

The excited Russian boy took the bottle to his father, who carefully extracted the rolled up note that had been sealed with a band-aid and placed inside a plastic bag. As luck would have it, Daniil's father was conversant in the German language and could translate the note which read as follows -

'My name is Frank, and I'm five years old. My dad and I are traveling on a ship to Denmark. If you find this letter, please write back to me, and I will write back to you.'

While Frank had included his address in the letter, it had been written in 1987, which meant, that the chances of him still being there, were slim. However, Daniil decided to try and respond anyway. Turns out that while the now 29-year old Frank has moved, his parents still live at the same place in Coesfeld, Russia. In fact, it had been Frank's father who had written the note for the five-year old, something he recalled quite clearly.

Frank and Daniil have since 'met' each other, through video conferencing and plan to keep in touch regularly in the future. So the next time you are thinking of tossing a message inside a bottle, go for it, because you just never know!


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  • Smithc992Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm
    Great, thanks for sharing this article. Really Cool.
    • headream100
      headream100Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:56 am
      There was even a reply to that???
      • 3Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:28 am
        • kell-bell
          kell-bellWednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:33 am
          • headream100
            headream100Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 6:13 am
            That's so antique!!!
            • ianSunday, April 28, 2013 at 7:59 am
              that's pretty amazing wooooooooooooow
              • gymnast13579
                gymnast13579Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm
                • swirlylollypops
                  swirlylollypopsMonday, December 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm
                  oh cool! maybe i'll put a note in a bottle and throw it into the sea!
                  • wowTuesday, December 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm
                    • jonathan 2ND GRade Friday, December 2, 2011 at 8:41 am
                      Strange...- 13 yr.- Daniilk Korotkikn found a reply. He was walking along the Curonian Split - He found it in bottle- I thint that was strange but true. HE IS LUKEY! I wish I was like him