Łódź girl throws message in a bottle into the sea and eight months later gets a PRESENT from man who found it in Germany
A seven-year-old girl who chucked a message in a bottle into the sea while on summer holiday was in for a surprise when she got a package of gifts from a person that found the bottle some eight months later.
Julia from Łódź threw the bottle into the surf in August while on holiday at the seaside resort of Łeba.
Containing a letter written in Polish and English giving her name and address and requesting any finder to get in contact, the bottle had appeared to have been lost at sea after months went by with no news.
That was until a few days when a box from Germany containing sweets and a cuddly toy arrived at Julia’s door with a note from an elderly German explaining he had found the bottle on his country’s Baltic coast.
“I did not expect to get an answer,” Cezary Dałek, Juila’s uncle and the man who helped her prepare the bottle,” told Dziennik Łódzki, a local newspaper.
“Before Christmas I had asked her if she had got any news, but that has now changed.”
Mr Dałek explained that his niece had been inspired to launch a message in the bottle by his stories of the sea.
“I told her about the tradition that sailors had of putting messages in a bottle when they were on voyages,” he said.”
Julia was interested in just how long a letter could stay at sea, and found it hard to believe that they could be there for a few years, depending on the current of the seas.”
Wanting to practice her handwriting she decided to write a letter, and her uncle then translated it into English. The message was then placed in an old wine bottle.