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Note in Bottle Prompts Response From Teen-Ager in Berlin

August 20, 1987

CANTON, Ohio (AP) _ When 9-year-old Adreanne Hoyer persuaded a fisherman to toss a bottle with a note inside into the Atlantic Ocean, she expected it to drift back to the U.S. shoreline.

But the bottle floated to the coast of France, where it was found by a vacationing family from Berlin. Now, Adreanne has a pen pal.

The bottle’s journey began last summer when the youngster went on a family trip to Cape Hatteras, N.C.

″Just before that, we had read an article about a little girl and her father who took cruises and set messages adrift,″ mother Susan Hoyer said this week. ″Adreanne said, ’Can we try that when we go to the ocean?″

Adreanne and her father, Charley, used a Coca-Cola bottle to include a postcard with the girl’s name, address and the request, ″Please write back if you find this.″ Father and daughter contacted a fisherman, who agreed to take the bottle and note 30 to 50 miles out to sea and set it adrift.

The Berlin family found the bottle July 21, 10 days short of a year after the message was thrown into the Atlantic.

″Hello Adreanne 3/8″ was the greeting received in a letter from Germany.

″My name is Christine and I am 18 years old. I come from Berlin. I spend my holidays with my parents and my sister in a small town at the coast of Bretagne in France. There at the coast found my father at the 21st of July your bottle with the postcard and the desire of sending you the postcard back.

″Please write me back, too.″

Adreanne said she felt obligated to write back because she had offered a small reward for returning the postcard. What does she intend to send?

″I haven’t figured out yet,″ she said.

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