Moscow - Setelah hampir suku abad setelah lelaki Jerman melemparkan surat dalam botol dari sebuah kapal di Laut Baltik, barulah dia menerima jawapan.
Seorang budak Russia 13 tahun, Daniil Korotkikh, berjalan bersama-sama orang tuanya di pantai ketika ia melihat sesuatu berkilauan terbaring di pasir.
"Saya melihat botol itu dan tampak menarik," kata Korotkikh The Associated Press Selasa. "Ini kelihatan seperti botol bir Jerman dengan sebuah plug keramik, dan ada mesej di dalamnya."
Surat tu berbunyi ...
It said: "My name is Frank, and I'm five years old. My dad and I are traveling on a ship to Denmark. If you find this letter, please write back to me, and I will write back to you."
The letter, dated 1987, included an address in the town of Coesfeld.
The boy in the letter, Frank Uesbeck, is now 29. His parents still live at the letter's address.
"At first I didn't believe it," Uesbeck told the AP about getting the response from Korotkikh. In fact, he barely remembered the trip at all; his father actually wrote the letter.
The Russian boy and the German man met each other earlier this month via an Internet video link.
Korotkikh showed Uesbeck the bottle where he found the message and the letter that he put in a frame.
The Russian boy said he does not believe that the bottle actually spent 24 years in the sea: "It would not have survived in the water all that time," he said.
He believes it had been hidden under the sand where he found it — on the Curonian Spit, a 100-kilometer (60-mile) stretch of sand in Lithuania and Russia.
In the web chat earlier this month, Uesbek gave Korotkikh his new address to write to and promised to write back when he receives his letter.
"He'll definitely get another letter from me," the 29-year-old said.
Uesbeck was especially thrilled that he was able to have a positive impact on a life of a young person far away from Germany.
"It's really a wonderful story," he said. "And who knows? Perhaps one day we will actually be able to arrange a meeting in person."
bleh try gak ni .. mana tau kan.. satu dekad nanti baru jumpa.. mmg gempak kan .. hoho