Francis Chouler said when he was 20-years-old he took a gap year and travelled around the world. He wrote a message in a bottle with a painted picture and threw it in the ocean.
Chouler said he had forgotten about the message and 12 years later he received an email from a person who found it.
I got a huge surprise when I got the email. We had included the captain's email address for the ship and when he found it he sent it to me. I then posted it on Instagram and Facebook, I was struck by the response from people.— Francis Chouler
Chouler said the person who found the message is from Bermuda and they threw the bottle between the Canary Ireland and the Caribbean.
We had this idea to write a message in a bottle and record the trip. I then painted a beautiful picture of North American and European continent and our boat in the middle. The message instructed the person who found the message to contact us.— Francis Chouler
Listen to Francis Chouler explaining how the idea of writing the message in a bottle came about: