The man, from New Hampshire, wrote the letter to his daughter, Paula Pierce, as a joke.
The note reads:
“Return to 419 Ocean Blvd. and receive a reward of $150 from Tina, owner of the Beachcomber.”
Paula’s mother and father, now deceased, bought the Hampton motel in 1960 (Tina, then, is presumably Pierce's mother). The Beachcomber was sold a couple of years ago.
Vacationer Clint Buffington found the letter on the shores of the Turks and Caicos 1,500 miles away. He flew to New Hampshire to return it to Pierce.
“This is special because it brings back a piece of him, a piece of her, a piece of my childhood, a piece of the Beachcomber,” Pierce said. “All of these things are very hard to lose.”
As for the promised reward . . .
“You have to take it,” Pierce told Buffington.
We’re pretty sure, however, that Buffington didn’t do it for the cash. In fact, he has his own blog dedicated to messages in a bottle, and has found more than 80 so far, the Guardian reports. From the article, penned by Buffington himself:
“I can’t see myself giving up my hunt anytime soon – I’m hooked on the pure adventure of it all. Although I now know more about oceanography and currents than when I started, you never know where bottles will wash up, so every find is still a treasure.”
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