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Norway message in a bottle mystery grips millions of Germans. UPDATED: The riddle of a decades-old reply to a German message in a bottle has over three million TV viewers enthralled. Paul-Gerhardt Goezel was just 12 years old when he threw his glass-encased missive into a river in Germany. Some 35 years later, STERN TV is now in Molde, Møre og Romsdal County, with Mr Goezel in the hunt for the sender.

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Norway message in a bottle mystery grips millions of Germans

Published on Wednesday, 17th April, 2013 at 07:33 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 17th April 2013 at 10:03.

UPDATED: The riddle of a decades-old reply to a German message in a bottle has over three million TV viewers enthralled.

Old Volvo postal car
Old Volvo postal car
Photo: Henrik Sørlie/Posten Norge AS


Big operation

Paul-Gerhardt Goezel was just 12 years old when he threw his glass-encased missive into a river in Germany.

Some 35 years later, STERN TV is now in Molde, Møre og Romsdal County, with Mr Goezel in the hunt for the sender.

“My brother-in-law rang me and said we’d received a letter from Norway,” he tells NRK. “I was shocked when it dawned on me this was the reply to the message in a bottle we’d sent from Germany.”

The German broadcaster’s reporter Stefan Uhl, and Mr Goerzel are hanging up placards at all post offices in the area as part of the quest, asking the person who sent the reply to contact them.

At the same time, ongoing thorough detective work at Molde central sorting office is proving challenging.

The franked reply letter shows it was sent from a place called ’Rosenes by’, even though the municipality of Molde only has about 26,100 inhabitants.

About 100,000 people, from Norway and abroad, were in the area at the time visiting Molde’s annual jazz festival, the Norwegian broadcaster reports.

Nonetheless, Molde post terminal’s Knut Kjøpstad has some positive news to pass on.

“They [Paul-Gerhardt Goerzel and Stefan Uhl] have discovered the letter was stamped by this machine. Each stamp has a distinctive number,” he says.

“I absolutely believe that we will find the sender here,” concludes Mr Uhl.

Norwegian hopes

Norway, as many other countries that lie by the sea, is no stranger to messages in bottles.

In February this year, now 23-year-old Amalie Kleive was told two small children had found the bottle with drawings she and friends threw into the fjord at Balestrand, Sogn og Fjordane County in August 1996.

It had arrived at a place called Hjartholm in Gulen Municipality. She thought the bottle would reach Africa, but it turned out the bottle had stayed within the county.

Moreover, southern Norway’s local paper Agderposten reported a giant plastic bottle of Solo, Norway’s orangey drink along the lines of Fanta, was towed 200 nautical miles out from the coast of Tenerife.

Norwegian seafaring adventurer Jarle Andhøy and Miss Tenerife Spain christened the vessel.

It contains a 12 square metre (about 129 square foot) letter in five languages, as well as bottles of the actual drink.

The AIS, lantern, and radar reflector-equipped construction is 8 metres long (some 26 feet), has a 2.5 metre diametre (8.2 feet) , is 4.10 metre high (13.45 feet), and weighs 2,500 kilos (2.75 tons).

As well as the chance to win potentially large amounts of Solo for best destination guess, its journey can be followed here.



Published on Wednesday, 17th April, 2013 at 07:33 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 17th April 2013 at 10:03.

This post has the following tags: norwaygermany, mystery, messageinabottle.





  
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