A Scottish skipper set a new world record after finding a message in a bottle 98 years after it was released.
Andrew Leaper's discovery beat the previous record for the longest time a bottle has been adrift at sea by more than five years, according to BBC News. And he found the bottle while skippering the fishing boat that had set the previous record — the Shetland-based vessel Copious.
The drift bottle, containing a postcard that promised a reward of six pence to the finder, was released in June 1914 by Capt. C.H. Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation.
It was in a batch of 1,890 scientific research bottles that were specially designed to sink to help map the currents of the seas around Scotland when they were returned. Only 315 of them have been found.
"As we hauled in the nets I spotted the bottle neck sticking out, and I quickly grabbed it before it fell back in the sea,” Leaper, 43, who found the bottle east of Shetland, told the BBC. "It was very exciting to find the bottle, and I couldn't wait to open it.”
The find has been confirmed as a new record by Guinness World Records.