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California Teen finds 7 year old message in a bottle while beachcombing on the Oregon Coast
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By Bill Lindelof for The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee PhotoBeachcombers can search a lifetime and never come upon what 14-year-old Stuart Woodhall found.

Woodhall, from the Penn Valley in Nevada County, was on vacation with his family in Oregon during spring break, roaming a beach south of Coos Bay after a strong Pacific storm.

He spied a glass bottle, watertight thanks to a rubber stopper, deposited by waves among some rocks.

"I kind of did a double-take," he said. "I saw the bottle. Then I saw the paper inside and thought to myself: 'Did I really see that?' "

Inside the bottle was a message that revealed it had journeyed about 5,000 miles after being tossed by a schoolchild into the water off the coast of Japan in 2003. It bobbed along in the Pacific Ocean before washing ashore in Bandon, Ore., where Woodhall found it with the word "beer" written in English on the outside.

"It was the total highlight of our vacation," said Stuart's mother, Lori Woodhall. "We are not treasure-hunter people, but we were at the right place at the right time."

Inside the bottle were two letters – one written in English, the other in Japanese – and one postcard. Removing the papers without breaking the bottle was difficult.

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