The police have found a message in a bottle, and it’s got nothing to do with Sting.
It sounds like a ’70s pop song, but police on a remote beach in the Far Northern Cape of Queensland have actually discovered a message in a bottle.
Located 960 kilometres north of Cairns, Bamaga Police Station is Australia’s northernmost mainland police station. With a few days off to explore the area, Bamaga police officers Seargeant Suzie MacDonald, Acting Senior Constable Talina O’Brien and Senior Constable Nicole Barnes set off on a three-hour journey to Ussher Point.
Without a single footprint or tire track to be seen, the unspoiled beach is certainly a sight to behold.
Here, they discovered washed up treasures, including the remnants of a P-39 Airacobra that crash landed during World War II in May 1942.
They also walked past several glass bottles that had washed up on the shore, before one bottle in particular caught Sergeant MacDonald’s eye.
They inspected their treasure at Bamaga Police Station the next day, with Sergeant MacDonald given the task of removing the cork and extracting five pieces of paper from inside the bottle.
Written in French and English, the five pieces of sun-bleached paper told the story of a group of friends who went on a sailing adventure in 2014.
They were near the Galapagos Islands when they wrote the notes, which they placed in a bottle and released into the South Pacific Ocean.
Incredibly, the bottle travelled over 14,000 kilometres over the next two years, before washing up on the remote Cape York Beach where the police officers discovered it.
There’s no word yet if the French sailors have heard about the discovery (an email has been sent to an address written on the note, but they have yet to reply) — but we like to think they’re happy that someone got their message in a bottle.
[Via Queensland Police News]
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