DURHAM, NC -- It could have been mistaken for any other piece of garbage on the beach, but the water-stained, sun-bleached paper tucked inside a plastic bottle reads 'congratulations!'
The story begins with this girl from Durham, North Carolina. Alexus Monds was on her first trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Her mother had just read the book "Message in a Bottle" and Alexus decided to toss one of her own off the edge of the boardwalk.
Alexus says "I wrote that if anybody did find this bottle, to contact me. And I wrote my e-mail address and my home address."
And the date: December 18th, 2006.
A year later, Alexus had nearly forgotten the note, but someone was looking for her.
Beach ranger Alan Coltart found the bottle more than 3,000 miles away, near Bude, North Cornwall, England.
Alan Coltart says "we feel as though we won a prize ourselves, so if we can give that b
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