31 March 2011

Baltic Sea letter in a bottle found 24 years later

In this Friday, March 11, 2011 photo Daniil Korotkikh shows a letter he found in a bottle on a beach …

MOSCOW – Nearly a quarter-century after a German boy tossed a message in a bottle off a ship in the Baltic Sea, he's received an answer.
A 13-year-old Russian, Daniil Korotkikh, was walking with his parents on a beach when he saw something glittering lying in the sand.
"I saw that bottle and it looked interesting," Korotkikh told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "It looked like a German beer bottle with a ceramic plug, and there was a message inside."
His father, who knows schoolboy German, translated the letter, carefully wrapped in cellophane and sealed by a medical bandage.
It said: "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."
The letter, dated 1987, included an address in the town of Coesfeld.
The boy in the letter, Frank Uesbeck, is now 29. His parents still live at the letter's address.
"At first I didn't believe it," Uesbeck told the AP about getting the response from Korotkikh. In fact, he barely remembered the trip at all; his father actually wrote the letter.
The Russian boy and the German man met each other earlier this month via an Internet video link.
Korotkikh showed Uesbeck the bottle where he found the message and the letter that he put in a frame.
The Russian boy said he does not believe that the bottle actually spent 24 years in the sea: "It would not have survived in the water all that time," he said.
He believes it had been hidden under the sand where he found it — on the Curonian Spit, a 100-kilometer (60-mile) stretch of sand in Lithuania and Russia.
In the web chat earlier this month, Uesbek gave Korotkikh his new address to write to and promised to write back when he receives his letter.
"He'll definitely get another letter from me," the 29-year-old said.
Uesbeck was especially thrilled that he was able to have a positive impact on a life of a young person far away from Germany.
"It's really a wonderful story," he said. "And who knows? Perhaps one day we will actually be able to arrange a meeting in person."
P/s: i.  em. in remembrance of my kiddie time~ yeah! if i'm not mistaken, i've threw a message bottle at Beserah beach, Kuantan lonnnggg time ago~ haha. i forgot what i've write on it.. it's so funny, you know! semuanya pengaruh cerita! aaaaaa! tah pape =.='
ii. best kan dapat jumpa orang yang jumpa botol kita ni? kalau pernah buat la.. hehe
iii. okay la.. nak tidur ! hari ni seharian bertapa di library dari jam 10am-7pm! just hope for the balancing figure !
iv. we're *me, tirah, nad* so alergic on 'discount allowed' term today! 


little daie said...

mar...not allergic but trauma^_^

bila mana manusia terbukti batasannya

mar mp 86's said...

haha. yeah! sampai nak demam stay kt lib semalam~ ='(