NC boy’s message in a bottle washes up in Normandy, France

The bottle recovered in France last month.
The bottle recovered in France last month.

One year after it was set adrift off the North Carolina coast, a boy’s message in a bottle has been found in France.

Ben Geren, 10, sent the letter in March 2016 as part of a second-grade class project at the Summit School in Winston-Salem.

“I was excited, but more surprised,” Ben told the Winston Salem Journal. “I knew there was a chance in a million.”

Jean Pierre Enguehard, a retiree in Normandy France, posted the recovery on Facebook on Sept. 8, along with a photo showing the corked bottle covered with a cluster of sea life.

“Found this morning on the beach with message inside from North Carolina, USA,” he wrote.

Geren’s message explained the bottled was part of a second-grade project.

Susan Schambach is a second-grade science specialist at the Summit School and organizers of the project. She responded to Enguehard’s Facebook post with a thanks and full explanation.

“We do this each year as a second grade project studying the Gulf Stream,” she posted. “And a sea captain takes them 40 miles off of North Carolina and puts them in the Gulf Stream current!”

His discovery had gotten a lot of media coverage in France, and he has posted photos of some of the news stories on Facebook as well.

This is the third a bottle set adrift by the school that has been found in the past five years, including one found by a 9-year-old girl in Verton, France.