The record-breaking 98-year-old bottled message (Scottish government/AP)A message in a bottle has been pulled from the ocean 98 years after it was written, and officials say it is the world's oldest of its kind.
Scottish fisherman Andrew Leaper found the letter in his nets while sailing off of Scotland's northern coast. And on Thursday, Guinness World Records confirmed that is the old message in a bottle ever found, beating the previous record holder by five years.
"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, told the BBC. "It was very exciting to find the bottle and I couldn't wait to open it."
Amazingly, the previous record holder was found by the same boat, the Shetland-based "Copious."
"We are pleased to hear that the same vessel helped to break the Guinness World Record for oldest message in a bottle twice," said a spokesperson for Guinness World Records. "This is a fascinating record, both historically and scientifically.
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