Canadian message in a bottle washes up in Croatia after 28 years

A message in a bottle to a woman named Mary thrown by a Canadian into the Atlantic in 1985 has washed ashore almost 8,000 kilometres (4,971 miles) away in Croatia 28 years later.

"Mary, you are really great person. I hope we can keep in correspondence. I said I would write. Your friend forever, Jonathon, Nova Scotia, 1985," said the message found by 23-year-old Croatian Matea Medak Rezic.

Rezic was taking part in a beach clean-up near the Adriatic port of Ploce when she found the bottle.

"The bottle was among the rubbish that winter rains have brought to the shore," Rezic told AFP.

"The bottle was broken, but the message, written with a blue ballpoint pen, was in good shape as it was plastic-coated," she said.