Russian sailor's 50-year-old message in a bottle found on Alaskan shore

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A Russian Navy sailor has been reunited with his 50-year-old letter in a bottle after it washed up on the shore of western Alaska.

Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television station KTUU reported.

“I was just looking for firewood when I found the bottle,” Mr Ivanoff said. “When I found the bottle, I had to use a screwdriver to get the message out.”

Mr Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers translated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20, 1969. The message included an address and a request for a response from the person who finds it.

Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, tracked down the original writer, Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko, KTUU reported.

He was skeptical he wrote the note until he saw his signature on the bottom.



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