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Message in a Bottle: `Things Can Happen When It Looks Like They Won't'

Aired February 21, 2004 - 12:57   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: In Oregon, some elementary students are very excited over what some tourists found recently on an island south of Japan. It was a message in a bottle released years earlier from the other side of the Pacific.
Here's Caroline Howe with affiliate KEZI.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CAROLINE HOWE, KEZI CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Four years ago, some kids had a bright idea for a class project.

QUINTIN KRETH, WROTE MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: "We are first and second graders at Alpine School in Monroe, Oregon. We will be keeping track of where we receive letters from. If you find this bottle, please send a note telling us you found it. Thank you. Sincerely, Quintin and Justin. "

HOWE: Two classmates, two names, one letter, a bottle, and plenty of hope.

It became a family project. Quintin's dad, a researcher, boarded a ship bound for Hawaii.

KRETH: Right exactly here is where dad released our bottle.

HOWE: Fifty miles off the coast of Hawaii. Eight bottles, destination unknown.

Life goes on -- still no word on the bottles. The kids finished second grade, then third grade, then fourth grade -- the bottles a distant memory.

Until...

KRETH: Did you hear the news, Quintin? Your message in the bottle we released in Hawaii was found in Japan.

HOWE: On an island south of Japan, Quintin and Justin's bottle washes ashore. Some folks from Tokyo on vacation find it, read it, and write back.

JUSTIN MCCLAUGHRY, WROTE MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: "Dear Quintin and Justin, my name is" -- how do you say it? Do you know?

KRETH: Aknuda (ph).

MCCLAUGHRY: I picked up the letter which you placed on November 2 of 2000.

HOWE: A new relationship is born.

KRETH: And it was just a once in a lifetime experience for me. And...

HOWE: But an experience these kids will never forget.

MCCLAUGHRY: I've learned that things can happen even though it looks like they won't.

HOWE: In Monroe, Caroline Howe, 9 News.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WHITFIELD: A nice lesson of patience.

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