New York visitor finds message in a bottle after 41 years at sea

Message in a blottle

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New York visitor Michael Scholz, couldn’t believe it when he saw a ‘message in a bottle’ as he was walking by the seaside at Jones Beach. When he retrieved and opened the bottle, the German holidaymaker found a note written by a former Scottish fisherman, John Souter, back in 1973.

The tourist from Cologne, decided to send the contents to Souter's former home in Lossiemouth, Moray.

The Scot, who had thrown the bottle into the North Sea, was shocked when he opened the parcel sent to him. Mr Souter remembered writing the message on an old fishing almanac on 7 June 1973, while sailing with his father and late brother-in-law, Bill Stewart.

“I 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,” he recalled.

He revealed that his brother-in-law did the same thing and actually heard from someone who found his note within a year. “But I'd completely forgotten about mine," he said.

The bottle rode the waves for 3,300 miles to Jones Beach in New York before it was found by Scholz.

Mr Souter explained he and wife Eileen sent Michael a Christmas card to thank him, and plan to get in touch with him in coming weeks.

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