A message in a bottle that washed up on a beach in Scotland has been traced to the man who wrote it – 44 years ago.
Visiting Australian couple Sean and Shelley Thomas spotted the object in a sand dune at Rattray Head, about 170 miles north of Edinburgh. Shelley Thomas said she and her husband were strolling along the sand dunes when they noticed it "hidden under a couple of other bottles," BBC News reported.
Sean Thomas, who just so happens to collect bottles, saw that there was something inside one of them.
“We cracked it open, and there you go," Shelley Thomas said.
Inside of the bottle was a note. It read: “This bottle was thrown in the sea at Cove, Aberdeen, on 15/1/71 by Raymond Davidson (14yrs).” The words "please contact" were at the bottom of the paper, along with an address: "Ullswater Road, off Wigton Road, Carlisle," according to the Scotsman.
The News and Star used the location to try to track down the person who wrote it. The current resident said Davidson moved a number of years ago but that he was still in Carlisle. With the help of social media, the Thomas' were able to track down Davidson, now 58.
“This is for real," Shelley Thomas wrote in a Facebook post with a picture of the discovery.
The post was later shared on Lostbox's Facebook page, where those who have lost items can connect with those who may have found them.
"We are going to visit the address when we head back South but we would love to try and track him down in case he no longer lives at the same address," Shelley Thomas wrote.
“When I was growing up I would always visit my grandparents up in Aberdeen,” Davidson said. “They lived in a very interesting part of the world and I would usually be out exploring. I’ve got many happy memories from being up there."
Davidson admitted he doesn't remember why he put the message in the bottle but that he is glad someone found it.
“It hasn’t really got far has it – the couple should have taken it back to Australia and pretended they found it on a beach over there," Davidson joked.
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