Message in a bottle gets a reply

POSTED: Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 12:04pm

Staring out on the water off the coast of Niantic, Connecticut, Jerry Pope had an idea.

He says he always heard about people finding small treasures in the sea, and, in October of 2010, he decided to send one of his own.

He tossed a bottle with a handwritten note into the Atlantic Ocean and bid it farewell.

He had no idea where the bottle would go but inside on the letter he gave his name and address and asked the person who found the letter to send him a letter back.

He didn't know if it would even make it out of Niantic bay.

It did make it out of the bay and, in fact, made it all the way to an island off the coast of England.

Pope says it was found on March 22 and days later he received a postcard in the mail.

Something that started as a whim ended up being an incredible story shared by people on two different continents.

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