A message in a bottle is being returned to its owner 29 years after she sent it out to sea as a child.

A message in a bottle, sent out to sea by an 8-year-old child, is being returned to its writer after 29 years.

On 26 September, 1988, Miranda Chavez wrote a message to the world and threw it into the sea on Edisto Beach. The bottle traveled 90 miles south along the Atlantic coast, and washed up on Sapelo Island, Georgia.

It was found inside a deteriorated plastic bottle (which broke as David opened it) by Linda Humphries and her husband David while they were clearing litter from Nanny Goat Beach in 2017.

Miranda, now a mother of three children, told the Press Association:

“I think we can all look at this as a reminder that anything is possible. For a bottle with a letter in it to have survived the ocean, hurricanes and 29 years is amazing. It was a reminder of the happiest moments of my childhood and to me symbolises hope.”


According to CBS, Chavez was surprised that the bottle had survived Hurricane Hugho in 1989, and remained intact for further 28 years.:

“Who would have thought? It’s so awesome how something that small — no matter what you’ve got going on in your life — can take you back to your childhood and to some of the absolute happiest times of your life. It was meant to be found. It was meant to do something, even if it was just to have people have something positive to say for a few days. I guess it served it’s purpose.”

Linda and David found the letter on a Friends of Sapelo sweep, the first litter pick-up there since Hurricane Irma hit the area. Linda said:

“My first thought was ‘This little girl will be so excited to find out that her letter was found!’ Then I saw the date – September 26, 1988! I was floored.”