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The fifth grader message from North Carolina in a bottle is found by a fisherman 4,000 miles away in Morocco

Vivian Byerly, a rising fifth grader at Greensboro Day School, created the message while enjoying a 'Pirates Day' with her third grade in 2019

Vivian Byerly, a rising fifth grader at Greensboro Day School, created the message while enjoying a ‘Pirates Day’ with her third grade in 2019

A fifth grader from North Carolina made an unlikely friend when a message over a year old was found in a bottle by a fisherman more than 4,000 miles away.

Vivian Byerly, a rising fifth student at Greensboro Day School, created the message while enjoying a ‘Pirates Day’ with her third grade in 2019.

“ When we finished learning about the coastal plains of North Carolina, the class voted to celebrate with a pirate day, ” Susan Ferguson, a third grade teacher, explained to Fox 8.

While the class did a number of activities to look like pirates, the teacher said the kids really enjoyed running the errands.

Some wrote theirs and sealed them with glue, while others chose to seal their messages with wax.

“Thinking whoever finds his bottle would have a little ray of light or a little inspiration in their day,” Ferguson shared.

Vivian decided to go with a quote.

Vivian and her third grade enjoy their pirate day with their teacher, Susan Ferguson (right)

Vivian and her third grade enjoy their pirate day with their teacher, Susan Ferguson (right)

Vivian and her third grade enjoy their pirate day with their teacher, Susan Ferguson (right)

The messages were taken on a boat participating in the annual Reelin 'For Research fishing tournament and dropped off in the Gulf Stream - 60 miles offshore

The messages were taken on a boat participating in the annual Reelin 'For Research fishing tournament and dropped off in the Gulf Stream - 60 miles offshore

The messages were taken on a boat participating in the annual Reelin ‘For Research fishing tournament and dropped off in the Gulf Stream – 60 miles offshore

‘Be strong because it will get better. It may be storming now, but it never rains forever, ”she wrote.

“If you get this message, write back,” Vivian added, giving her teacher’s email address.

The messages were taken on a boat participating in the annual Reelin ‘For Research fishing tournament and dropped off in the Gulf Stream – 60 miles offshore.

Vivian was shocked to see an email in her inbox 15 months later.

The letter traveled more than 4,000 miles to Morocco in North Africa, found by a fisherman

The letter traveled more than 4,000 miles to Morocco in North Africa, found by a fisherman

The letter traveled more than 4,000 miles to Morocco in North Africa, found by a fisherman

He had his nephew translate the message, and the two quickly sent an email to Ferguson

He had his nephew translate the message, and the two quickly sent an email to Ferguson

He had his nephew translate the message, and the two quickly sent an email to Ferguson

“At first I thought it was spam, and when I read the content, I was really surprised and excited,” said Ferguson.

The bottle and knife the fisherman used to open it

The bottle and knife the fisherman used to open it

The bottle and knife the fisherman used to open it

The letter had traveled more than 4,000 miles to Morocco in North Africa, found by a fisherman who did not speak English well. He had his nephew translate the message, and the two quickly sent an email to Ferguson.

Hello Vivian. How are you? I wish you were well. I’m writing to tell you that my uncle, whose job is a fisherman, found your letter in the bottle today, ‘the nephew wrote.

Ferguson responded and had the pair send photos of themselves. They were obliged to send a photo of the uncle with his cousin, the knife with which they opened the bottle, the uncle holding the letter and a photo of a goat that the family wanted to sacrifice for Eid al-Adha.

“It’s really cool that a bottle has traveled 6,000 kilometers in just over a year,” she said.

But the message from the bottle was very profound, especially given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world.

According to the family's email, the bottle was found near Guelmim, Morocco

According to the family's email, the bottle was found near Guelmim, Morocco

According to the family’s email, the bottle was found near Guelmim, Morocco

“It was a bit like looking back in time, to a time before, you know, 2020,” said Bryan Byerly, Vivian’s father.

“It’s kind of strange that this quote has now been delivered,” Vivian said. “Always where the world is now.”

She kept talking to the family in Morocco.

“When I first wrote the post, I didn’t know how tough this year would be.”

For the Byerlys, experience is proof that hope is something all people can share no matter where we call home.

“These crises we are going through now are temporary and it will get better soon,” Bryan said. “There will be vaccines in the near future, and things will just calm down, and we won’t be so divided and I’m really grateful for that.”

The young girl commented, “This whole thing was exciting, but I think someone else should be able to experience it.”

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