ROCKPORT (CBS) — A Massachusetts man received an answer to his message in a bottle about a decade after he threw it into the Atlantic Ocean. Max Vredenburgh said he vividly remembers vividly being 10 years old and throwing a wine bottle into the water at Long Beach in Rockport.
A month ago, his parents received a surprise letter in the mail. The man who found Vredenburgh’s note on a beach in France replied.READ MORE: I-Team: Law Passed During Pandemic Protects Nursing Homes From Lawsuits
“Logistically, I think I have a higher chance of winning the lottery than this happening,” Vredenburgh said. His note was dated August 21, 2010.
“When I first read his letter, my heart, my stomach just dropped. I was like, ‘oh my God. My 10-year-old wish just came true. This is insane.'”
The reply letter, signed by G. Dubois, said it took nine years to cover the 6,000 kilometers that separate them and a lot must have changed since then.
Vredenburgh’s original note said, in part: “I’m 10 years old. I like apples, I like the beach. My favorite color is blue. I like animals. I like cars and I like outer space. Please write back.”
His tweet about the letter went viral on Twitter.READ MORE: Six Flags New England Reopens After More Than 13 Months
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. pic.twitter.com/Af2tEwoQtq
— māx (@VredenburghMax) November 8, 2019
“This kind of made me reflect back on who I used to be,” said Vredenburgh.
Now, he is curious about G. Dubois. “I want to know about him. I want to know if he likes, what his favorite food is, what his favorite color is. Does he like space?” Vredenburgh smiled.MORE NEWS: I-Team: Nora Baston To Be Named New Boston Police Commissioner; Dennis White Challenging Removal
Thanks to the power of social media, they have connected on Instagram.