NY Boy's Message In A Bottle Retrieved In The Azores

A 10-year-old upstate New York boy's message in a bottle dropped in the Atlantic as part of a school project has been retrieved across the ocean in the Azores.

Curtis Kipple of Adams Basin, west of Rochester, wrote a letter in March along with his fellow fourth graders at the Fred W. Hill School in Brockport. The bottles were dropped into the Gulf Stream, 30 miles off shore, by a fisherman from North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that the school received a return email this week from a tiny fishing village on the Azores archipelago off Portugal, about 2,600 miles from Brockport.

The email said the bottle was found by a father and son out fishing.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    littering ? glass biodegradable ? Who gives a crap ! This is about ocean currents, how our Earth works. Don't you people realize it's legal to dump trash at sea ? U.S. law prohibits dumping within three miles of the coast and an international treaty limits the size of waste dumped between three and 25 miles out and prohibits dumping of anything plastic in any U.S. waters. In one year, 15 billion pounds of trash is dumped at sea worldwide. So a few bottles in the ocean for a science product is NOTHING !
  • by Positive Location: Greenville on Dec 5, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    I think its pretty cool. I bet that kid was stoked to hear back from Portugal. People have to make such a crazy deal about everything, as though they have nothing else better to do with their time. A positive story for once instead of all the deaths, drugs, and robberies.
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      by coolbeans on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:01 PM in reply to Positive
      Positive, excellent comment...please stay positive. I bet this kid is having a great time and will cherish this experience. Yes, its really nice to hear something of a change from the norm in this time. Wish we could get used to these types of news stories.
  • by Ashley Location: Greenville on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    I love this! But want to know what the letter said!
  • by Field Trips on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    I guess he was on a field trip with his class from school. I wonder why we never take school trips up to New York? Hummm...
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      by voter on Dec 5, 2011 at 02:17 PM in reply to Field Trips
      common sense,,self preservation,,dignity,,enhanced intellectual capacity? same reasons most aren't striving to be septic pumpout technicians.
  • by ECU student on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    glass is biodegradable and therefore not that bad for the environment plastic on the other hand will take ages to degrade.
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      by ummm on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to ECU student
      so i can use that argument in court if i throw a glass bottle out my window? i might wanna give the da a call before i try that one huh?
  • by ummmm on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    wouldnt that be littering ?
  • by Shelly Location: New Bern on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    Why are we encouraging children to throw trash into the ocean?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:17 AM in reply to Shelly
      Are you seriously going to take a good situation, which we seem to hear little of anymore, and be sarcastic about it? Children need to experience life and this is something this child will never forget!!! I think his teacher needs to be commended!! After all, the "messages in a bottle" are a part of communication history!
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      by Cuban Pete on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM in reply to Shelly
      Don't you have a tree to go hug?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 01:26 PM in reply to Shelly
      Why do we let stupid people put comments on this post?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 02:46 PM in reply to Shelly
      Why do we let our children spend hours watching TV and playing video games each day is a Much better question.
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        by wrong subject on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:21 PM in reply to
        True, but completly off subject.
  • by HWJ on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    A story about something besides the violence in Gville and its not about the streaker. Way to go WITN! Thanks!!
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