Message in a bottle found five years on

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The Independent US

A message in a bottle thrown into the sea off Japan by a girl five years ago has been found by a US sailor in Hawaii.

Saki Arikawa, 17, from Kagoshima, said she had almost forgotten about the bottle and couldn’t believe it had been found. It was discovered on Thursday by Navy Petty Officer Jon Moore during a beach clean-up on Kauai island. It contained four origami cranes – symbols of peace in Japan – a photo of Ms Arikawa’s class and a note dated 25 March 2006.

News of the bottle’s recovery has reconnected her with more than a dozen of her old classmates.