Message in a bottle found 46 years later

2014-05-19 10:24
Message in a bottle.

Message in a bottle.

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Cape Town – On 12 July 1968, a young boy named Pieter Strauss placed a letter in a Mountain Dew bottle and buried it in the sand in Henties Bay, Namibia.  

The letter was quite simple – it just listed the names of the boy’s family members, as well as their address: PO Box 5, Wepener.  

Beeld reports that last week, 46 years later, the treasure from a bygone era was discovered by Dirk Aschenborn, who had started digging the foundations of his house in Henties Bay.  

Being fond of old bric-a-brac, Aschenborn was quite taken with the new addition to his collection, but only later discovered that it actually held more worth when his daughter, Emmi Low, spotted the piece of paper inside.  

A string of communication ensued – including phone calls to friends, posts on Facebook and even an old newspaper report with a valuable lead – and by Friday afternoon Pieter Strauss – 46 years older, but still living in Wepener - had been contacted and told that his childhood letter had been found.  

Although Strauss himself is not on Facebook and does not have an email address, photos of the finding were sent to his brother, Dawie, who passed them on.

According to Dawie, Strauss still remembers writing the letter and has hopes to visit Henties Bay for a holiday next year, during which he plans to meet up with Aschenborn. 

Check out Beeld for images of the letter, the bottle and the boy who wrote it. 

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