Message in bottle’s 900-mile journey

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  • Surprise discovery: LuVince Cann’s German shepherd, Prince, found the bottle containing the letters while being walked at Somerset Long Bay Beach. It was put in the sea in South Carolina on New Year’s Eve (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Surprise discovery: LuVince Cann’s German shepherd, Prince, found the bottle containing the letters while being walked at Somerset Long Bay Beach. It was put in the sea in South Carolina on New Year’s Eve (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Surprise discovery: LuVince Cann’s German shepherd, Prince, found the bottle containing the letters while being walked at Somerset Long Bay Beach. It was put in the sea in South Carolina on New Year’s Eve (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Surprise discovery: LuVince Cann’s German shepherd, Prince, found the bottle containing the letters while being walked at Somerset Long Bay Beach. It was put in the sea in South Carolina on New Year’s Eve (Photo by Akil Simmons)


A message in a bottle sent to honour a lost father travelled nearly 900 miles over the past three months before being discovered in Bermuda.

LuVince Cann said his dog Prince found the bottle while they were walking along Somerset Long Bay Beach at the weekend.

“I walk every day along Somerset Long Bay with my dog,” said the Somerset resident. “He likes playing with plastic bottles.

“I saw him chewing on one and it looked like it had a letter inside. I used to find these all the time as a kid in St David’s, but I haven’t seen one in years. I thought it was really cool.”

Inside the bottle he discovered two letters, both written on Marriot Residence Inn stationary. One letter, signed Kristi, urged anyone who found the letter to contact her by e-mail, adding: “Life is short. Fill your heart with love and die happy.”

The second letter was written in memory of her father, whom she described as “my best friend and the best dad in the universe”.

Mr Cann said: “It’s dated December 30, 2014, so it’s not that old, but how did it get here? That’s what’s interesting to me.” He reached out to the writer, who responded yesterday that she had placed the message in the sea on New Year’s Eve while on vacation in the Isle of Palms, South Carolina — 878 miles to the Island’s west.

She wrote: “I placed my message in the ocean to honour my dad, who passed earlier in the year.

“Amazingly enough, I got to see a falling star fall down into the ocean after I put the message in the water. I knew my dad was smiling down at me at that moment.

“I figured it would sink. [I] felt bad for littering, but its been tough losing my dad and I had to do something to honour him while I was at such a beautiful place.”

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Published Mar 17, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated Mar 17, 2015 at 8:22 am)

Message in bottle’s 900-mile journey

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