In early January 2018, a violent storm named Eleanor, with wind speeds reaching 100 miles per hour, hit the shores of the United Kingdom. As a result, the destructive natural phenomena left massive damage. Numerous trees, cars, and common domestic items were scattered all over the place. There was even a disruption of transportation lines, a sudden loss of power, and wrecked highways.
Storm Eleanor also generated a lot of garbage that had been resting on the seafloor for years. After the wrath, the affected nearby seashore was covered with a blanket of garbage. Because of this disgusting disaster, a man named Martin Dorey encouraged everyone to voluntarily participate in a clean-up drive at Stanbury Mouth.
Nick Crooks heard about the campaign and decided to bring his two sons in the clean-up drive on January 7. According to the father, he was inspired when he saw an environmental documentary called “Blue Planet II” by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). This is what he said:
“Every once in a while, something comes along, and it just triggers something inside of you, and we all felt very passionately about it.”
While picking up garbage during the clean-up effort, Crook’s 8-year-old son noticed something unusual – a Sprite bottle with a letter inside. According to the little boy, the discovery stunned him.
“When I picked it up, I was just amazed because it is not every day you find a message in a bottle.”
“I was just picking up rubbish when I looked at the bottle and saw the note. I went up and told dad but he didn’t think it was real until he saw it,”
Soon after picking up the green bottle, he quickly went to his father and brother and they read what was written in the letter. This is the content of the message: “If found, call or email please.”
The person who wrote the letter was a 10-year-old girl named Jacquie Chmilar. As provided in the letter, the little girl left the contact details of her parents, hoping that somebody would see it and reply back. Luckily, Nick and his son replied to the email provided in the letter saying they found the letter in England. Soon after, Jacquie replied to explain that she was in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
At first her mother, Suzanne Chmilar, could not believe that the bottle traveled more than 2,100 miles. The little girl further explained that it all happened when she was staying at her grandparents’ house in Newfoundland, Canada six months ago. According to her, it was her grandparents who suggested that she write 3 letters put them in separate bottles and throw them in the ocean.
As of now, Jacquie is currently in touch with two families in England. The first family was from Noah who found the first bottle and the other family was from a 9-year-old girl living near the coast of Widemouth in Cornwall. According to Jacquie’s mother, she found the second bottle.
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