Message in a bottle

IT'S not every day that a bottled message written in a foreign language turns up on the shores of southern Australia.

Raelene and David Shrimpton found this message in a bottle on the beach between Kingston and Cape Jaffa, after breaking open the bottle they found a note written in Bulgarian and are hoping someone in town can help to translate it.

Raelene and David Shrimpton found this message in a bottle on the beach between Kingston and Cape Jaffa, after breaking open the bottle they found a note written in Bulgarian and are hoping someone in town can help to translate it.

Raelene and David Shrimpton were wandering along the beach between Kingston and Cape Jaffa, when they noticed something sticking out of a pile of seaweed.

The couple investigated to find that it was a message in a bottle.

Raelene said David expected it to be from Sydney, having heard about an event there involving releasing bottles with messages.

They took the bottle home. It was covered in cockles and had a very distinct alcohol smell. They broke it to get the unidentified note out

to find that it was written in Bulgarian.

After leaving the note overnight to air out, Raelene tried to decipher the message but was unsuccessful as it had faded to be almost illegible... and she couldn't speak Bulgarian.

The note was wrapped in plastic which had disintegrated - smart thinking on the bottle owner's part as it had kept the message in reasonable shape.

The only form of information that could be gathered from the note was the date it was tossed into the sea, January 1, 2012.

Whether or not the bottle had been released from Bulgaria itself is unclear; that would have involved a massive journey of about 13,348km.

Raelene then decided to give the bottle to the Kingston Community School, hoping someone there would be able to uncover the mystery.

Reception teacher Lyn Leech was pleased that Raelene had given the bottle to the school as it has proved to be an interesting task for students in her class to have a look at. Lyn and Raelene are hoping there is someone in the town able to help translate the note.

Once the text has been converted the students may write a reply.

Other messages in bottles have been discovered in the past along the Kingston coastline, including one Robert and Vicki Fleet found years ago at Wyomi beach that had come from Sydney.

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