Two bottles with a message in them written by a Fort McMurray girl have washed up on the shores of Cornwall, England.
Six months ago 10-year-old Jacquie Chmilar was visiting her grandparents in Newfoundland and Labrador when she set sail three bottles in different areas with a note explaining who she is and to contact her if found.
“She said that she’s always wanted to do it and hopefully get a response back. She’s been doing it for the last two to three years with her grandpa,” Jacquie’s mom, Suzanne Chmilar told Mix News.
Much to Chmilar’s surprise, two out of three bottles have been found. The first one was discovered January 1 by a nine-year-old girl on Widemouth Beach – the second one was found only a day later on Stanbury Mouth, which is only accessible by foot. The two beaches are roughly ten miles from each other.
“It’s just so overwhelming. You don’t think it’s going to be found within six months.”
Nick Crooks and his two son’s had been collecting large amounts of plastic at Stanbury Mouth when his youngest son, eight-year-old Noah, said he found a message in a bottle.
“Initially, we couldn’t get the note out, so I ended up ripping the plastic bottle open. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we found out the bottle had traveled from Newfoundland,” Crooks said in an email.
He says on the way home they speculated how long it would take for a bottle to travel that far.
“I thought 5-6 years given currents, tides etc, so you can imagine my surprise when Jacquie emailed back saying she had dropped the bottle in the ocean last July!”
Crooks says they have been corresponding daily with the Chimilar’s and hope to carry on.
“I think they’ll be penpals for life,” Chmilar added.