A teen received a response to a message in a bottle he wrote 9 years ago after it travelled over 3,000 miles

© Hans Barten/Getty ImagesThe letter travelled over 3,000 miles in nine years.
  • Max Vredenburgh, a 19-year-old who attends Suffolk University, placed a message in a bottle back in August 2010. He placed the message into the ocean on a beach in Rockport, Massachusetts.
  • Nine years later, Vredenburgh has finally received a response to the message.
  • In the time that it was missing, the letter travelled all the way to the coast of France, over 3,000 miles from where Vredenburgh originally sent it.
  • Speaking to Insider about the response, Vredenburgh said that “10-year-old me would be so excited.”
  • Vredenburgh shared the response on his Twitter, and he has promised to keep his followers updated on the situation.
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Nineteen-year-old student Max Vredenburgh got a big dose of nostalgia when he received a response to a message in a bottle he wrote nine years ago this month.

The Suffolk University student wrote his original message on August 21, 2010, and placed it into the sea on a beach in Rockport, Massachusetts.

EI40TKIXkAItJZVMax VredenburghMax Vredenburgh wrote a message in a bottle when he was 10 years old.

“I was always an imaginative child growing up, so I thought it would be something fun to do,” Vredenburgh told Insider of writing the note when he was young.

The message details some of 10-year-old Vredenburgh’s interests, such as cars and animals. At the end of the letter, Vredenburgh also asked for a response back from the person who found the bottle.

“I really hoped I would get a response, but I did not think it would actually work,” Vredenburgh said. But he did get a response – it just took a little longer than he originally anticipated.

EI40TJMXUAAj20gMax Vredenburgh/TwitterVredenburgh received a response to his message nine years later.

A person who identified themselves as G. Dubois wrote the teen back on October 15, 2019, saying they found Vredenburgh’s message off the coast of France.

Dubois wrote that the letter must have travelled 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) over the nine years since Vredenburgh wrote it.

Dubois also included a map in the response to help Vredenburgh see exactly where his letter ended up.

EI40TJLWoAAU5eb (1)Max Vredenburgh/TwitterDubois included a map in his response.

“I was absolutely stunned and grateful that someone had actually found and responded to my letter,” Vredenburgh said of his reaction to receiving Dubois’ response.

“Ten-year-old me would be so excited and happy,” he added.

Vredenburgh shared the story on Twitter, and it quickly went viral. His tweet received over 500,000 likes at the time of writing.

“I think it reaches a soft spot in a lot of people’s hearts about the inner child in them,” Vredenburgh said of the overwhelming response.

Vredenburgh is in the process of writing Dubois back, and he has promised to keep his social media followers updated on the story. You can follow Vredenburgh here.

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