Londoner Found A Bottle With A Heartbreaking Message Inside, And Now, He's Trying To Find Its Mystery Sender
September 6, 2018 18:09 By Fabiosa
Why do people send messages in a bottle?
Messages in a bottle have a long history. Over the centuries, people have used them as a way to send distress signals, conduct scientific studies, honor the memory of loved ones who passed away, and find pen pals or even love.
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These days, this unusual way of communication is largely forgotten – it’s mostly seen as a symbolic term for sending a message to an unknown addressee.
Although messages in a bottle are seen as obsolete and old-fashioned, some people still send them. The experience can be cathartic (depending on the purpose of the message), and it can also leave people who find such messages confounded about their origin.
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Londoner found a mysterious and heartbreaking message in a bottle in the Thames
James Herring was on a boat trip with his son Jack when they saw a bottle in the water. When they fished it out, they saw there was a piece of paper inside.
Jack opened the bottle, and they realized the piece of paper was a memorial note for a couple who passed away.
Found on a stretch nr. Battersea Bridge pic.twitter.com/8hQ7GdiZYG— James Herring (@itsjamesherring) August 18, 2018
The note says:
To whoever sees this message - This is in memory of a dear son and brother who died of a broken heart, two years after his beloved Lisa.
He loved her so, so much. They had a passion for travel and one of their favourite songs was ‘Somewhere beyond the sea’.
So this is your final adventure, Jon, your last journey to paradise, and Lisa waiting on those Golden Sands – together forever.
If you would light a candle for them that would be wonderful and smile.
Knowing they are now at rest, finding peace.
Thank you XX.
James did as the sender requested – he lit a candle and played the song. The man became interested in the couple’s story, so he took to Twitter to find the sender.
Hello Twitter. Long shot but today we found a message in a bottle while boating on the Thames. Anyone know this Jon and Lisa? Or who wrote the note? I’d like them to know we just lit the candle and played their tune.#messageinabottle #somewherebeyondthesea pic.twitter.com/5JAOJyVGyo— James Herring (@itsjamesherring) August 18, 2018
James hasn’t heard from the author of this note so far. However, he still hopes to reach the person who wrote the message.
How people on Twitter reacted
People who saw the tweet were touched by the poignant message, and some offered theories about its origin. Here are some of the reactions:
The way they spelt favourite suggests that they might be American. That bottle might really have sailed.— Sunny (@sunbeam007) August 19, 2018
OMG I just shed a tear 😢 That’s is so sweet and so lovely you did as they wished in the letter. Very special for you to share this 💞— Kelly Holmes (@damekellyholmes) August 19, 2018
Could be from someone that payed their respect at a funeral at sea. Heartbreaking 💔 pic.twitter.com/ll6Wmbw88m— Spiritualles (@springspiritual) August 19, 2018
I.really hope you find out more James.Such a sad story let's hope Jon & Lisa heard their special song.💙— Chris Howley (@ChrisHowley6) August 18, 2018
You did a wonderfully kind thing not just for the couple mentioned but also the person who wrote it. I was choked. Somebody else might not have acted as you did. You were the one in the right place at the right time.— Allison Young (@Allison21226904) August 20, 2018
We hope the sender learns that his message was found and taken to heart by many. May Jon and Lisa’s beautiful souls rest in peace.