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Sally 'Amazed' As Message In Bottle Washes Up In Germany

Sally 'Amazed' As Message In Bottle Washes Up In Germany

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 9:15am 27th December 2019. (Updated at 9:30am 27th December 2019)

Sally Heather has come forward as the woman from Filey who wrote a message in a bottle in August 2018, and which this week washed up on a beach in Germany.

Michael from Dagebüll on Germany's North Sea coast, close to the Danish border, found the bottle washed up on the sand this week and contacted Yorkshire Coast Radio yesterday morning.

"Hi My Name is Michael from Germany. I found a few days ago on the coast in Dagebüll,  a message in a bottle. The name from the Person who throw the bottle in the sea is Sally. She throw it in the water on August 23rd 2018 and put a letter in the bottle. Unfortunelly water leaked in it, so i can reed only her firstname and her Adresse, but not her lastname. The adresse is filey. 

Sally write the finder should write her back. 

Sorry for my bad englisch. I send you a Photo from the letter. 

With greetings and merry Christmas 
Michael "

German Coast
The message in a bottle washed up on Germany's North Sea coastline

The letter did have an address in Filey but Michael, doing some research, said it looked like the property had been sold since the message was written.

Sally Message In A Bottle
Sally's letter, as found by Michael from Germany

After our social media post went viral yesterday, Sally Heather came forward as the writer of the letter and this morning told Paddy why she did it:

"I hoped it would get somewhere but thought it would get smashed up. The top bit is a Winnie The Pooh quote, one of my favorite quotes about being braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. I was born in Filey and when I was 22 I moved away and got married. Unfortunately last year I was getting divorced. I moved back home to my parents. I left my job, my home, everything so it was really hard. I'd made that jump to follow my heart and I wanted to say something. I thought, if I send that message, someone might get it and think I can make that change in my life if I need to. And I hoped whoever would pick it up would get a positive reaction to it".

Sally says her phone has been going mad since we shared the story yesterday and she's shocked it actually found its way over the North Sea. 

Having previously worked with the lifeboat, Sally says she knew a little about tides so hoped the timing and location would help the bottle cover some distance but was still shocked that a year and a half later it'd turned up in Germany and been found by someone.

Filey Brigg
Sally threw the bottle in the sea at the end of Filey Brigg

Hear Paddy's chat with Sally here:

 

 

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