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German boy's message in a bottle found 24 years later in Russia

The Local · 30 Mar 2011, 10:58

Published: 30 Mar 2011 10:58 GMT+02:00

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Daniil Korotkikh found the beer bottle earlier this month when walking on the beach near Kaliningrad and his father translated the note inside, which was dated September 7, 1987, the paper said.

"When I was walking along, I spotted a bottle in the dunes and saw that there was a note inside," Korotkikh told Russian television channel NTV. "Only a few people are lucky enough to find a letter in a bottle."

The letter was signed by five-year-old Frank Üsbeck, who enclosed his address in Coesfeld in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Russian journalists tracked down Üsbeck, now 29, a married bank worker, who said he barely remembered sending the bottle with the note, which his father wrote, and he signed in shaky letters.

"I was shocked," Üsbeck told NTV television.

His parents still live at the address shown in the letter and his father showed a photograph of Frank holding the bottle, which they threw into the sea while travelling to Denmark.

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"It's just incredible. Can it really be possible that the letter is still readable after so many years in the water?" Üsbeck said in an interview translated into Russian.

Korotkikh and Üsbeck were shown speaking via a video link and the Russian schoolboy showed off the letter, which he has framed.


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Your comments about this article

12:37 March 30, 2011 by Ebolter
Wow! A story with a cool ending; finally, we need more of these .

Nice break from the norm .
23:44 April 2, 2011 by FN Cee
The whole world might be better if "bottles in the sea" replaced the internet.
19:28 April 8, 2011 by bageleaterkkjji
Martha:Hey Heinrich did you get my email yesterday? Heinrich:No, did you send it to my yahoo email...? Martha: Oh, no i threw it in the ocean..Heinrich: Darn it, I probably won't get it until im 50 years old.
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