Message in a bottle found after 97 years sets new world record
A message in a bottle lost at sea for nearly a century has claimed a new world record, Guinness officials have confirmed. Related Tags: Scottish GovernmentScotlandThe record-breaking message in a bottle spent 97-years adrift (Picture: PA)The 97-year-old letter, discovered just off the Shetland isles, claims the title for the longest time a bottle has been adrift at sea by five years. It was discovered by Scottish skipper Andrew Leaper as he hauled in his fishing nets, who described the astonishing find as like 'winning the lottery.' Coincidentally, the 43-year-old was skippering the same boat which had set the previous record, the Shetland-based vessel Copious. Previous record holder Mark Anderson was also on board when the bottle was found. 'As we hauled in the nets I spotted the bottle neck sticking out and I quickly grabbed it before it fell back in the sea,' Mr Leaper said. 'I am immensely proud to be the finder of the world record message in a bottle. It was very exciting to find the bottle and I couldn't wait to open it. 'It's like winning the lottery twice.' He added: 'I can tell you that my friend Mark Anderson is very unhappy that I have topped his record! He never stopped talking about it.' The bottle was part of a batch of 1,890 released as part of a scientific research project to map the currents of the seas around Scotland. Only 315 have been found. The bottle was found by fisherman Andrew Leaper (Picture: Scottish Government/PA)Released in June 1914 by Captain CH Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation, it contained a postcard promising a reward of six pence to the finder. A spokesperson for Guinness World Records said: 'We are pleased to hear that the same vessel helped to break the Guinness World Record for oldest message in a bottle twice. 'This is a fascinating record, both historically and scientifically. 'We hope that future expeditions will retrieve more of these treasured messages from the sea.' The bottle contained a message from the Fishery Board for Scotland (Picture: Scottish Government/PA)Environment secretary Richard Lochhead said: 'It's amazing that nearly 98 years on bottles are still being returned to the marine laboratory, and in such fantastic condition. 'With many bottles still unreturned there is always the chance in the coming years that a Scottish drift bottle will once again break the record.' Mr Leaper has donated to the bottle to the Fetlar Interpretative Centre in Shetland. Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/910162-message-in-a-bottle-found-after-97-years-sets-new-
This news story which was in the metro could easily be transformed into a very touching tale.
Changing the story, we can begin with someone having a very rough day, perhaps a fight with their parents or friends and then storming off to the park to cool off and avoid whoever they fought with. They come across this bottle floating and begin to read it, and it changes to the perspective of whoever wrote the letter, and then telling the main character and the audience about their lives and it could be something relating to the problem of the main character. Through reading the message, the main character is motivate dto make a positive decision and resolve the conflict from the start.