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Last Updated: Wednesday March 30 2011 07:54 GMT

Boy finds message in a bottle

Danil who found the message in a bottle

A Russian boy has answered a message in a bottle from a German child nearly a quarter of a century after it was dropped from a ship into the sea.

Daniil, who's 13, spotted a beer bottle hidden in the sand on a beach in Russia, and he found a letter inside from Frank Uesbeck, aged 5.

"If you find this letter, please write back to me, and I will write back to you," the letter said.

Since Daniil got in touch, he and Frank, who's 29 now, have chatted.

Message in a bottle

The German gave his surprise new pen pal a new address to write to and promised to write back when he received his letter.

"He'll definitely get another letter from me," said Frank.

"It's really a wonderful story and who knows? Perhaps one day we will actually be able to arrange a meeting in person."