Alaska Man Discovers 50-year-old Message In Bottle From Russian Navy

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A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of Western Alaska.

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A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores 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, according to the reports.

"I was just gathering firewood," Ivanoff said. "I just happened to stumble across the bottle, and I noticed it was a green bottle and had a cork top. Not really cork, it was a tight cap, and I could see inside the bottle there was a note." 

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Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers translated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated 1969, officials said:

The message included an address and a request for a response from the person who finds it.Local reporters tracked down the original writer, Captain. Anatoliy Botsanenko.

"It looks like my handwriting. For sure! East industry fishing fleet! E-I-F-F!" Botsanenko said.

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The message was sent while he was aboard the Sulak, a ship whose construction he oversaw in 1966 and that he sailed on until 1970, Botsanenko said. When shown pictures of the bottle and note, Botsanenko teared up in joy, officials said. At one point in his career, he was the youngest captain in the Pacific at 33 years old, Botsanenko said. Ivanoff was not sure if he would return a message, but considered writing his own letters with his children.

"But that's something I could probably do with my kids in the future. Just send a message in a bottle out there and see where it goes," Ivanoff said. 

Earlier in July, a fisherman said that he was looking for the author of a message in a bottle found off the southern Australian coast 50 years after it was written. Paul Elliot told a media publication that he and his son Jyah found the bottle on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia state while fishing.


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