Category: Society / January 21, 2013 9:20 AM EST
A New Zealand man found a message in a bottle believed to be 76-years-old and has tracked down the sender's grandson who lives in Australia.
Geoff Flood said he went for a walk at New Zealand’s Ninety Mile Beach in November 2012 when he stumbled upon a bottle sitting in the sand.
Inside the bottle was a note, dated March 17, 1936.
The note read: "At sea. Would the finder of this bottle kindly forward this note"
The note was signed "H E Hillbrick, 72, Richmond Street, Leederville, Western Australia ".
"Who knows where it's been. How many times around the world, you just wouldn't know, would you," Flood said.
Flood said he started looking for the sender, only to discover that he had died in the 1940s. He then managed to find Herbert Hillbrick's grandson, Peter Hillbrick, who lives in Perth, Western Australia.
"For this one to be floating around in the ocean for 76 years and just all of a sudden pop up in New Zealand. Where has it been? What story is it going to tell,"
"The only connection I have with Grandfather is now that bottle. That's about all. So, it's a fascinating story," he said.