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Irish Boy Finds a Message in a Bottle Sent by a Pair of Montreal Girls
Eight years after sending it off, the girl's bottle completes its trans-Atlantic trip

Image via Flickr user alles-schlumpf

Last week, the coast of Ireland experienced flooding. Thankfully, the inclement weather did bring with it something good, though. The morning after flooding subsided, a man named Aoife Millea and his nine-year-old son found a message in a bottle on their local beach. The message they found, it turns out, was sent by a pair of twelve-year-old girls in 2004. Charlaine and Claudia, the girls who sent the message, were, at least at the time, from Montreal, and sent their sea-borne missive off while on vacation in the village of Grande-Vallée. The girls asked that whoever received their message reply to them via email and tell them a bit about their life. Determined to answer the girls’ message, Millea’s son tried to email them, but the email address the girls provided, cheval-rouge95@hotmail.com, appears to be no longer in service – one imagines that the girl who owned the email, likely twenty-years-old now, abandoned the address in favour of something more suited to adult life. So, Claudia and Charlaine, if you’re out there and are reading this, let’s work together to get you in touch with the boy who found your message in a bottle. For those interested, the full message can be seen below:  

06/2004 – Bonjour, nous sommes deux filles qui ont eu l’idée de lancer une bouteille a la mer. Nous nous appelons Charlaine and Claudia. Nous avons toutes les deux 12 ans et nous habitons a Montreal. Ces temps-ci nous sommes en vacances en Gaspésie dans le village de Grande-Vallée. Nous avons eu l’idée de lancer une bouteille parce que nous avons vu une émissions de jeunes qui lançaient une bouteille a la mer. Si vous trouvez cette bouteille a la mer dites-nous quand ou et comment avez-vous trouve notre bouteille. Dites nous aussi votre nom ge origine lieu de résidence. Example: Paris, Miami etc… pour communiquer avec nous écrivez-nous a: cheval-rouge95@hotmail.com pour finir si vous n’avez internet allez un ami ou dans un cafe internet car nous sommes très curieuses de savoir si notre bouteille a été trouvée. Charlaine et Claudia” [The Meteo Times]

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Igor Bonifacic is a writer working for the Toronto Standard. You can follow him on twitter at @igorbonifacic

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