Baltic Sea Letter in a Bottle Discovered After 24 Years, Gets Reply

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A 24-year-old letter in a bottle tossed into the Baltic Sea was discovered recently. The letter, which was carefully inserted into a bottle, was discovered by a Russian boy named Daniil Korotkikh, 13, while he was walking along a beach.

It’s not everyday that something this amazing occurs. Daniil took the bottle home and had his father open and translate the letter, which was written in German. It had been “wrapped in cellophane and sealed by a medical bandage” and the bottle had a ceramic plug. The plug, apparently, did an amazing job of keeping time and the beach and Baltic Sea’s harsh elements out.

Once translated, the letter 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 date on the paper was 1987 and there was also an address written down. Korotkikh decided to take a chance and write Frank back. It turned out that Frank’s parents still lived at the address. However, Frank Uesbeck, who’s now 29, didn’t but the two were able to correspond with each other via the Internet.

Uesbeck was shocked to get a response to his letter and even had a hard time remembering his Baltic Sea trip. Still, after all these years, Frank promised to keep in touch with Daniil. It’s amazing what things bring awe and wonderment; something as little as this is inspirational in many ways. Hopefully, the Baltic Sea letter will be the base of a great friendship between Daniil Korotkikh and Frank Uesbeck.


© Evalynn J. Saeyang – Gather Inc. 2011


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