England’s Jasmine Hudson, 4, has made a new friend in Australia thanks to a message in a bottle she had intended for her much closer aunt.
While on a family holiday in the resort town of Bournemouth, in Dorset, in southwest England,
Jasmine penned a note, placed it in a bottle, and tossed it from the end of the local pier.
Her aunt lives in Guernsey in the English Channel.
That was the end of the experiment, her mother tells the Telegraph in the accompanying video: “We threw it off the pier and had forgotten about it. We thought it might travel a few miles down the coast.”
Five months passed before Jasmine received a letter from a grandmother named Barbara Richards, 10,000 miles away in Largs Bay, in South Australia.
She had found the bottle while collecting shells.
Her letter read: “To Jasmine, as fate would have it we have been introduced together by your message in a bottle.”
For Jasmine, it was a new friend gained and a lesson in geography, as she can be seen in the video tracing the likely path of the bottle on its journey to the land Down Under.
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