American Kid Gets Response To Message In A Bottle 9 Years Later From Guy In France

When a man named Max Vredenburgh was 10 years old, he threw a bottle with a message in it into the ocean from a beach in Rockport, MA. Nine years later, he got an actual response.

Vredenburgh shared a letter he received that included his original missive, a typed response from the person who found it, plus a few maps of where the bottle was discovered from someone who signed it all “G. Dubois.”

That might be the perfect name for a mysterious French person sending you a surprise letter.

Vredenburgh shared the whole thing on Twitter, writing, “I am mind blown.”

In his bottle letter, Vredenburgh writes, “Hello my name is Max, whoever is reading this letter, please write back… I”ll tell you a little bit about myself. I’m 1o years old, I like apples, I like the beach, my favorite colors blue, I like animals, I like cars, and I like outer space. Please write back. Sincerely, Max Vredenburgh.”

Welp, that might be the cutest thing I’ve ever read.


The response is more formal, but also very sweet. It reads:

“Hello. I found your message in your bottle on October 10, 2019 on a beach in France, between Contis and Mimizan. According to your date, August 21, 2009, It will have taken 9 years to cover the 6000kms that separates us. You had grown a lot during that time: 10 to 19 years old. I put you some maps below to locate you. Respectfully, G. Dubois.”


Vredenburgh says he plans to respond to Dubois, so this whole relationship might continue and escalate to an appearance on Ellen at some point.

Meanwhile, everyone is just enjoying a message in a bottle story that’s so sweet:

Though a lot of people have said the whole message in a bottle thing is littering, ocean waste, environmentally unfriendly, etc. They’re not wrong, as it’s not a  great thing to do and rarely has such a fun outcome.

Lots of people have thrown messages in the sea. Whoever gets a response? C’mon, let us have this!

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