Elżbieta and Italian friend Andrea had been cycling along the beach in the seaside resort of Łeba when they spotted the clear glass bottle with a floral print and the note inside. She later said: “When I started reading this my heart almost broke. I couldn't help but cry.”
Natalia Kunowska had stuck the letter containing her phone number and a 10 ruble note into the bottle before throwing it into the water where, a decade later it was found by a Russian ecologist called Maksim.
Builders stumbled upon the bottle during renovations at the city’s Central Train Station. Inside was a handwritten note referring to the tragic 1970 protests which led to over 40 deaths.