Message in a bottle launched from Florida crosses Atlantic Ocean

Nov. 29 (UPI) — A beachcomber on a British Channel island found a message in a bottle that turned out to have been launched off the Florida coast nearly two years earlier.

Richard Lord said he was cleaning trash from Chouet Beach on the island of Guernsey after a recent storm when he spotted a bottle with a visible $1 bill inside.

Lord cleaned the barnacles off the bottle and removed the cork, but said he eventually had to smash the bottle to free the sheet of paper inside…

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