It spent more than a decade at sea – now, a Rehoboth couple is getting back a message in a bottle they sent out to celebrate their engagement.
Back in 2001, Karl Kimmell proposed to his girlfriend Michele on the beach in Tampa, FL. Michele said ‘yes,' and the two celebrated with a bottle of Champagne.
"It was a great moment in our lives, so we just wrote a sappy little note," says Michele.
The note reads: "To whoever finds this bottle: may you be blessed as the two of us. May you find someone to love with as much compassion. May you find and keep someone who completes you. This is our message in a bottle."
The two signed with their first names, and gave an Attleboro P.O. box as a return address. "It was just a regular cork in the bottle so I figured the cork would start leaking eventually," said Karl.
But, it didn't.
This week, the Kimmells got a surprise when they looked in the local paper and found a story about someone in Florida who had found their note and was looking to get in touch. The P.O. box had been closed in the years since the letter was written.
"It actually took us a couple of minutes to actually believe what we found," says Michael Souvigny. The Jacksonville, FL man found the bottle while out hunting with his friends back in February.
ABC6 put the Kimmells in contact with Souvigny who has agreed to send the letter up to their home in Rehoboth. On a related note, the Kimmells will be celebrating their 10th anniversary on Friday.