Couple in a bottle received a three-year-old message from American girl on Donegal beach

A message in a bottle thrown into the Atlantic Ocean by an 11-year-old American girl three years ago has been discovered on Donegal beach by a West Belfast couple.

Ita Simmonds and Ciaran Maron, who regularly enjoy exploring beaches around the North West, were walking along the sands of Magherarorti beach on Wednesday when they found a glass bottle containing a note and two US dollars. were bills.

The piece of paper, which was carefully dried by fire that night, was from 2019 and contained the details of Sasha, a little girl more than 5,000 km away in the US, as well as her phone numbers for the recipient of her correspondence. to get in touch with.

The moist letter reads: “Hello, my name is Sasha and I am 11 years old and have 1 brother and 1 sister. I live in Ocean City, Maryland. I love boogie boarding, fishing, and more. I love fish and crabs. I like to ride a bike. I am a really active person. I have three friends, Stone, Lisa [and] Wayne. Please take it forward.”

Rita, who is originally from New Zealand, and Belfast man Ciaran plan to call the number on the letter at an opportune time, given that there is a time difference of five hours between Maryland and Ireland.

“We’re so excited about it. It’s really amazing, to think it took such a long journey,” Rita told the Belfast Telegraph.

She said that if Sasha could no longer be reached via the number provided, they would contact the Maryland newspaper to launch an appeal, which she hopes will now find the teenager as such.

“Ciaran, he walks more than me and he has looked all his life for a message in a bottle,” laughs Rita, adding that in the past she has also uncovered fascinating fossils and artistic stones.

“It was just sitting on top of the sand and there’s a lot of garbage in that area. [Dooey] Peninsula by ships. That’s where we were looking at the high tide region, where the tide throws everything up. I’d say it didn’t get there long because it didn’t even have time for the sand to build up.

“I’m thinking she may have gone out on a boat or something, to carry her far away from onshore currents. It will be interesting to find out how she did it next.

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“The girl who did this bottle was clearly an adult help, I’d say because she put cling-film on the inside lid, but she also stuck it on. So, someone’s got her advice. To the letter At one point, it looks like there is a different handwriting where the phone number is written. Maybe it’s a family effort.”

Ciaran and Rita’s enthusiasm for new treasures didn’t stop with them.

The New Zealand native continued: “It’s such a random event to happen in your life. When we got into town I was saying to the shopkeeper, ‘Oh, we got a message in a bottle’, and everyone said that But how fascinated

“It’s really weird because when we were walking down the beach after finding it, we came across another woman and I was so excited I told her we’d get a message in a bottle … and she Said, ‘I wanted to talk to you’ and he showed us an amazing picture of him looking at an old car tire on the beach.

“And then we looked up to the sky and we saw that the crescent was hanging above. It was like a day filled with wonderful events”.

The Belfast couple confirmed that they will keep this newsletter updated on their journey to find little Sasha as well.