Australian boy finds 50-year-old message in a bottle, much to the author's surprise

While sailing from England to Australia, 13-year-old Paul Gilmore jotted down a quick note, placed the piece of paper inside a bottle, and threw his message out to sea, hoping someone would read his missive and reply back.

That was in 1969, and it only took 50 years for a potential pen pal to discover the bottle. Last week, 9-year-old Jyah Elliott found the bottle while fishing at Talia Beach in southern Australia. It's likely the bottle was buried in the sand for a long time, and only recently a storm brought it back up. Elliott wrote a letter to Gilmore, sending it to the address listed on the paper, having no way of knowing if Gilmore still lived there.

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