A MESSAGE in a bottle sent out to sea 12 years ago has been returned to the Canadian teenager who wrote it when she was a child.
The message, written in 2000 by then three-year-old Taryn McKee, was found on an island off Maine in the US, last week.
McKee wrote the note with help from her mum while on vacation with her family in new Brunswick and threw it into the Atlantic Ocean.
Becky Lee of the conservation group Downeast Coastal Conservancy, discovered the note in a plastic soft drink bottle when they were cleaning up Tibbett Island off South Addison in Maine, the Welland Tribune reported.
“I was under this tree with overhanging branches on a rocky shore, throwing garbage and debris back into the open," said Ms Lee told the Welland Tribune. "I saw the bottle and threw it back…when it landed it rattled, like there was something in it.”
The crumpled piece of paper inside the bottle detailed a young girl’s holiday. Interest gathered in the amazing find and the story went viral on Facebook. A family friend recognised the name and contacted Taryn’s mother Cheryl.
Taryn McKee, now 15, told the Welland Tribune she doesn't even remember writing the note but remembers parts of the holiday including collecting sea shells.