Scouring the coast for treasure is always exciting, the beach is like a giant lucky packet and you just never know what you going to find.
Tyler Ivanoff found something he never imagined he would find in his wildest dreams. What was it?
Tyler found a message in a bottle, some 600 miles Northwest of Anchorage. He opened up the bottle, but nothing could prepare him for what it was he was actually holding in his hand.
What was so special about this discovery?
The letter had come from a Russian naval captain, who had dropped the message in the bottle, in the ocean, during the Cold war. In absolute awe of his find,
Tyler was bent on finding the person who wrote the letter. With astonishing results.
He posted what he found on Facebook, hoping that the story would reach the person responsible for the message. The message was over 50 years old.
The bottle had a tight cap to well preserve the message. Tyler was really excited to find that someone came forward about the message.
Russian State Media got involved. It was one of the most exciting moments of Tyler’s life, to firstly receive the bottle and secondly to have possibly tracked the person responsible.
This was a piece of history that had been long lost to the world. But what would the man say?
Putin’s Russian State media noticed the post and took charge to track down the naval Captain Anatoily Botsanenko who wrote the note, an astonishing 50 years prior.
He would have been 36 years old at the time. What did the message read?
“My sincere congratulations! From the Russian ship of the Far Eastern fleet, Sulak. I welcome you who found the bottle and ask you to answer Vladivostok,
the Sulak, the whole team. We wish you good health and a long life and happy sailing. June 20, 1969.” What would the captain have to say?
When Botsanenko looked at the message in 2019, he recognized it immediately. He was asked by the government to write the letter upon completion of the Sulak,
which was a Russian tradition. He was in tears to see the message again as it reminded him of his naval prowess but also his late wife who passed 6 years ago.