01/06/2014 10:14 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

It Took 23 Years, But Message In A Bottle Finally Gets Response


When she was just 10 years old, Zoe Lemon carefully scrawled a message onto a piece of paper, rolled it into a bottle and cast it from the deck of a ferry in the North Sea, near Hull, England.

The note, which included her address, asked the note's finder to please write. Twenty-three years later, Lemon -- now married with the last name Averianov -- has finally received a response.

According to the Manchester Evening News, young Lemon's letter was recently discovered on the southwest coast of the Netherlands by a couple, identified as Pieter and Jacqueline, who readily complied with the letter's request.

A copy of the original note, transcribed by the BBC, reads, "Dear finder, my name is Zoe Lemon. Please would you write to me, I would like it a lot. I am 10 years old and I like ballet, playing the flute and the piano. I have a hamster called Sparkle and fish called Speckle."

Pieter, more than two decades later, replied: "Dear Zoe, yesterday on one of my many walks with my wife along the dikes of Oosterschelde looking among the debris thrown by the sea of embankment I found a little plastic bottle containing your message."

In an interview translated by, an English news service in the Netherlands, Pieter said the message nearly went undiscovered.

"If we did not have a dog that was crazy about plastic bottles, we would never have found it," he said.

The Daily Mail reports the English family is considering a visit to the Netherlands. So far, the correspondence has been sent via a far faster method: email.