A message in a bottle travels across the Atlantic Ocean from Maryland to Ireland


Rita Simmonds and Ciaran Marron were walking on Magheraroarty Beach on the Dooey Peninsula in Ireland’s County Donegal when they found a message in a bottle that crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Maryland. Photo by Atlantios / Pixabay.com

January 6 (UPI) – A couple walking on a beach in Northern Ireland found a message in a bottle thrown from the United States in 2019.

Rita Simmonds and Ciaran Marronn, of Belfast, said they were walking Wednesday on Magheraroarty Beach on the Dooey Peninsula in Ireland’s County Donegal when they spotted a glass bottle in the sand.

The bottle contained $ 2 in US currency and contained a note revealing that it was launched from Ocean City, Md., In 2019.

“It’s like a childhood dream to find something like this,” Simmonds told Donegal Daily.

The author of the note, an 11-year-old girl named Sasha, included a phone number and asked searchers for her bottle to get in touch. The couple said they planned to try calling the girl to tell her what happened to her message in a bottle.

“We’ve found some amazing things on the beach before, like fossils and rocks, but never anything like it,” Simmonds said.

The bottle was far from the first of its kind to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Richard Lord said he was cleaning up trash at Chouet Beach on the British island of Guernsey in November when he found a message in a bottle containing a $ 1 bill and a message saying it was launched in January 2020 from a location approximately 75 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida