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Bottle message found after 50 years

HAMPTON BEACH, N.H., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A New Hampshire woman said a bottled message her father threw into the sea more than 50 years ago was found off the coast of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean.

Paula Pierce, owner of the Beachcomber Motel in Hampton Beach, N.H., said she was confused when she first received a call about the bottle, which traveled thousands of miles, but she immediately recognized her father's writing when she read the message herself, WMUR-TV, Manchester, N.H., reported Monday.

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"The more I looked at it, the more it jumped off the page at me that's my father's writing," Pierce said.

"Return to 419 Ocean Boulevard and receive a $150 reward from Tina, owner of the Beachcomber," the bottled message read.

Pierce said she hadn't known about the bottle, but her father apparently told her husband about it a few years ago.

"My husband doesn't remember when my father told him but he told him he did it to tease my mother, because she was very business savvy here, and $150 was a lot of money back then, a lot of money," Pierce said.

"It's shocking to think it's been in the ocean, 40 to 50 years, it's shocking it didn't get crushed -- it made it all that way -- its mind boggling," Pierce said.

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