In the age of DM’ing, Snapchatting, and texting, there are countless ways to get in touch with new friends. A group of French sailors stuck to a more old fashioned way: throwing a message in a bottle overboard.
Twelve-year-old Joseph Vallis found the message on Saturday while helping out with a beach clean up in Bermuda, four years after the bottle was tossed into the ocean.
The message was so badly faded that it had to be read under a black light, according to a post by Vallis’ father Boyd. It included coordinates for the bottle’s origins and email addresses to get in touch. “It could be fun,” the message said.
According to the message, it had been dropped off of the side of a French yacht in April 2014. The bottle traveled over 1,000 miles to get to Bailey’s Bay, Bermuda.
Boyd Vallis posted a map of the bottle’s path over the last four years.
Joseph Vallis told the Royal Gazette that he sent an email to the addresses listed on Sunday, “but they haven’t responded yet.”
At least messages in bottles don’t have read receipts.