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98-year-old message in bottle sets world record

The bottle found by a Scottish fisherman was released with 1,889 others in 1914.

The bottle found by a Scottish fisherman was released with 1,889 others in 1914.

LONDON — It was scooped from the sea after 98 years, and now officials say a message in a bottle discovered in Scotland has set a world record.

Scottish government via associated press

The message in a bottle discovered by fisherman Andrew Leaper.

Fisherman Andrew Leaper found the bottle — released in 1914 — in his nets in April while sailing east of the Shetland Islands, which lie off Scotland’s northern coast.

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Guinness World Records confirmed Thursday the find is the oldest message in a bottle ever recovered, beating a previous record by five years.

It was released in a batch of 1,890 bottles in a government experiment to map the undercurrents of the seas around Scotland.

Inside each bottle, a postcard asks the finder to record details of the discovery and promises a reward of a sixpence. Unfortunately for Leaper, the coin no longer exists.

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