Joy Break: College Student Receives Answer to Message in a Bottle He Dropped in the Ocean — 9 Years Ago

By Nancy Flory Published on November 14, 2019

When we turn on our television or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Where are all the good stories? They’re still there. Here’s one that we hope will bless you.

Message in a Bottle

Max Vredenburgh was 10 years old in 2010 when he threw a bottle into the ocean. The bottle contained a letter he wrote to someone who’d find it. Nine years later, Vredenburgh received a response.

Vredenburgh recently posted a picture of his letter and the response letter on Twitter. “On August 21, 2010 I threw a message in a bottle into the ocean from a beach in Rockport, MA. On October 10, 2019 that letter was found on the beach in France. I am mind blown. 9 years.”

Vredenburgh told ABC News that he never thought he’d hear back. “I didn’t even think it would make it there and if it did make it there, I didn’t think that somebody would actually write a letter back.”

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The response was from a “G. Dubois” who told Vredenburgh’s family that he’d found it on a beach 3,400 miles away in southern France.

So far, Vredenburgh’s tweet has been shared almost 140,000 times and liked over 532,000 times.


Nancy Flory is an associate editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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