Woman in Wales finds a message in a bottle. Now she's seeking the Canadian sender
'You think of the journey, and it's just unbelievable,' says Amanda Tidmarsh
A woman in Wales is hoping to contact a Newfoundland fisherman after discovering a message in a bottle that appears to have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed in the path of her morning walk.
Amanda Tidmarsh, who lives in Ogmore-by-Sea, a village about 32 kilometres west of Wales's capital Cardiff, was down at the beach with her dogs on Aug. 6, when she saw "something sparkle on the floor."
"I thought, oh, it's a bottle," she told The Current's guest host Anthony Germain.
As Tidmarsh picked it up, the tide was going out and the water was rough. The bottle was covered in seaweed and barnacles, but she could see something inside.
"I put it in my pocket, and took it home," said the 52-year-old.
During her walks, Tidmarsh said she often scans the beach for treasure. She never expected to find anything, however.
When her son came home from work, she showed him her rare find.
The bottle was so tightly sealed, they had to cut it open. The letter itself was kept safe in a Ziploc bag, secured shut with tape.
When Tidmarsh read the letter, she found out the bottle had travelled almost 5,000 kilometres from Canada, to her shores. The letter was signed off by a snow crab fisherman named Craig Drover in Newfoundland.
"Unbelievable, isn't it? How it reached without getting smashed or lodged in rocks. You know, you think of the journey, and it's just unbelievable," she said.
According to the letter, dated November 2020, Drover tossed the note while aboard The Arctic Eagle, a fishing vessel. The letter also included Drover's coordinates at the time, his mailing address, and his email address.
Tidmarsh has sent both a letter and an email to Drover, but she's still waiting to hear back from him.
As long as his second correspondence isn't by message in a bottle, she hopes to hear back soon.
The Current has reached out to Drover for an interview, but he hasn't yet responded.
She did consider sending him a letter back by bottle herself, but ultimately decided against it.
"That really is the old fashioned way, isn't it."
For now she has the bottle sitting in her greenhouse until she decides what to do with it.
Written by Philip Drost. Produced by Cameron Perrier.