MES­SAGE IN A BOT­TLE

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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