Kayaker Finds 35-year-old Message in a Bottle

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Cue Sting’s “Message in a Bottle” song.

A kayaker on Delaware’s Broadkill River found a bottle with a message inside of it that was written 35 years ago.

According to local news station WBOC-TV., local paddler Brad Wachsmuth found the 35-year-old bottle about two miles off shore while kayaking on the Broadkill in Milton, just days after Tropical Storm Isaias hit the East Coast, which likely washed the bottle into the river.

According to the report, Wachsmuth brought the bottle to the Milton Historical Society, where a curator helped him find one of the two people who wrote it back in 1985. Message writer Cathi Riddle, told the station that she wrote the letter with her cousin and threw the bottle into the ocean at Prime Hook Beach. The note included several childhood topics, including what pets their family owned. “We like animals a lot,” they wrote. “Do you have any pets? We have a dog.”

According to the story on WBOC, they asked anyone finding the bottle to “Please write back when you receive this and tell us about yourself.”

The message…
(Photos courtesy WBOC-TV)

Cathi Riddle and her friend Stacey Wells put the letter in a bottle on Aug. 1, 1985. “My cousin and I were staying at the beach and we decided to write the letter and send it out and see how far it went,” Riddle told reporters.

Added Wachsmuth: “It was very innocent and nice. As we usually do as kayakers, we try to pick up trash out of the water when we can. My friend Jeff said, ‘I think there’s something in there,’ so when we got to shore I pulled the bottle out of the back of the kayak, opened it and found the letter.”

“With the tides and the amount of storms that come here, tropical storms, nor’easters, hurricanes, over 35 years you would expect that it wouldn’t end up in the same waters,” he told WBOC-TV.

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