I’ve found a series of inspirational examples from newspapers about messages in bottles being found – sometimes decades after they were sent – with people responding to the sender.
“British schoolkids’ message in a bottle found by Czech boy who learns English to send them a reply”
“Facebook user replies to message in a bottle – 30 years after it was sent”
“Message in a bottle found after 97 years sets new world record”
“Message in a bottle returned to owners family after 76-years”
And, finally, my personal favourite:
“Ashes-in-a-bottle widow grants husband’s wish to see the world”