MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
A REMARKABLE discovery has been made by police on a remote Far North beach. About 960km north of Cairns, Bamaga Police Station is Australia’s northern most mainland police station. Blessed with a few days off, Bamaga police officers Sergeant Suzie MacDonald, Acting Senior Constable Talina O’Brien and Senior Constable Nicole Barnes decided to explore the region. With their 4WD packed, they set off on their three-hour journey to Ussher Point. Sgt MacDonald had walked past several glass bottles that had washed up on shore before one particular bottle caught her eye. With great excitement the trio cheered as they had found their first message in a bottle, a treasure that they had talked about finding their whole lives. The precious bottle was carefully opened the following day back at Bamaga as a group of excited colleagues looked on. Written in French and English, the five pieces of sun-bleached paper had a story to tell. In 2014 a group of friends on a sailing adventure near the Galápagos Islands (973km off the west coast of South American) scribed the five notes and placed them in a bottle before releasing it into the South Pacific Ocean. Over two years, the bottle journeyed towards the North Queensland Coast surviving the Great Barrier Reef, countless island and sand cays before washing up on the remote Cape York Beach.