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Shocking!!! You won’t believe what Scottish tourist finds in a bottle

A man from Germany found a message in a bottle John Souter (above) wrote in 1973, but not near his native Scotland — it was found near New York.A man from Germany found a message in a bottle John Souter (above) wrote in 1973, but not near his native Scotland — it was found near New York.

A message in a bottle thrown overboard by a Scottish fisherman was found 41 years later, by a tourist visiting New York.

John Souter, 66, had forgotten all about it and was stunned to receive a letter from German tourist Michael Scholz.

He’d found the old Hay’s lemonade bottle — which was thrown in to the North Sea in 1973 — washed up on a beach during a trip to the coast.

He took the bottle and its decades-old note back to his home in Cologne before mailing it to Souter’s former home in Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland.

In total, the bottle has now travelled at least 8,000miles — from Scotland to USA, then to Germany and finally back to Scotland — since it was tossed into the sea.

Souter wrote the message on June 7, 1973, while sailing with his father and late brother-in-law, Bill Stewart. It was on a torn-out page from a previous year’s fishing almanac.

“I remember doing it. I was aboard my father’s fishing boat,” he said.

“I tore a bit of paper out of an old fishing almanac onboard and wrote my name, address and the date on it before putting it inside an old Hay’s lemonade bottle and throwing it into the sea,” he added.

“Bill did the same thing. He heard from someone who found his note within a year, but I’d completely forgotten about mine.”

The bottle drifted around 3,300 miles to Jones Beach in New York before it was found by Scholz.

He then took it 3,760 miles home with him to Cologne, in Germany, before mailing it 960 miles back to Lossiemouth.

Along with the returned note, Scholz wrote a letter saying, “I have found your message in a bottle. But I didn’t find your message in Germany.

“Recently I visited New York. During a trip to the coast about 30 miles from John F. Kennedy Airport, I found your message.

“More than 40 years was your bottle on the go. Wow! It’s a long time.

“This is fantastic. I’m very impressed.”

Souter, who worked as a fisherman for more than 30 years but now works offshore, said he and wife Eileen sent Michael a Christmas card to thank him, and plan to get in touch with him in coming weeks.

“It’s amazing to think how far it traveled,” Souter said.

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