Stuck in the sand at the high-tide mark was an opaque square-shaped bottle covered in barnacles.
“I was going for a walk at about 8am, and about 100 metres from the police box at the end of Bangla Rd, I noticed this bottle sticking out of the sand,” explained Mr Walsdorf, a qualified electrician from Auckland who later moved into building custom-specification apartments and houses and retired to Phuket a year ago.
“It didn’t look like a plastic water bottle, or any other normal kind of bottle, and I thought, ‘Now that looks interesting,” he recalled.
Plucking the bottle from the sand, Mr Walsdorf tried as he could, but could barely see inside it.
“A thick layer of barnacles covered the top half, and inside was a lot of little shells,” he said. “I couldn’t see the label to tell what kind of bottle it was, but then I noticed that A message in a bottle there was a note inside, and it looked still dry.”
On returning home, Mr Walsdorf pared off the barnacles to find that the bottle was sealed with a wire-frame stopper, which had kept the note inside bone dry.
He gingerly removed the note from the bottle and slowly unravelled it, but only to discover that the message in the bottle was written in German.
“I held onto the note, and a few weeks later I showed it to a German man I met in a local bar, who gave me a rough translation,” Mr Walsdorf explained.
The rough translation was brief, as was the note: it was a love note from someone on holidays.
German national Holger Schwab, the owner and Managing Director of SeaBees Diving Phuket who is also fluent in English, provided to The Phuket Newsthis exact translation:
Hello My Darling,
I am very happy to be spending the day with you.It is not only my birthday but also that we celebrate 11 months together.11 months together with 11 incredible days in Thailand. As a sign of our luck and love and as a memory of this holiday, I want to place this message in a bottle for both of us.
Conny and Giusi
The note was dated “07.03.2015”.
“We believe ‘Giusi’ is short for Giuseppe,” added Simone Allene, PR & Marketing Manager at Sea Bees, who facilitated the translation.
“I’m quite surprised they didn’t include an email,” said Mark. “Just in case someone found it and wanted in touch with them. If the girl saw a photo of it, I’m sure she would recognize it.”
Mark still has the note – and the bottle. Anyone who recognises it is welcome to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org