Message in bottle thrown in UK's North Sea gets reply 17 months later from Australia

Updated: 19 Jan 2013
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Cade Scott
Thrilled ... Cade Scott
Cade Scott
Postcard ... Cade's message
Cade Scott
Surprise ... Aussie Matthew's reply
SCHOOLBOY Cade Scott threw a message in a bottle in the North Sea and got a reply 17 months later — from AUSTRALIA.

Cade, then eight, wrote the message on a Dr Who postcard in August 2011, before dad Terry sealed it in a wine bottle.

They then hurled it into the waves at Roker, Tyne and Wear, but heard no more until an envelope arrived this week, bearing a postmark from Perth, Western Australia.

Cade’s mum Andrea, 44, opened it and saw a reply from Aussie Matthew Ellam, who found the bottle on December 25. Matthew, 25, had returned Cade’s card and written on his own: “Hi Cade, thanks for your postcard. I found it whilst celebrating Christmas on the beach in Perth.”

Cade’s card’s journey is thought to be the longest by a message in a bottle.

The lad, now ten and from Sunderland, said: “I’m really pleased I got a reply. I didn’t know how far away Australia was.”


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