• Tyler Ivanoff was gathering firewood near Shishmaref, Alaska previously this month when he found a message in a bottle composed in Russian.
  • He sought assistance equating the message on Facebook and found that it had actually been written by a Soviet Navy captain in1969
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A guy discovered a 50- year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska.

Tyler Ivanoff discovered the handwritten Russian letter early this month while collecting firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles northwest of Anchorage, local TELEVISION station KTUU reported.

“I was just searching for fire wood when I discovered the bottle,” Tyler Ivanoff said. “When I found the bottle, I had to utilize a screwdriver to get the message out.”

Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers equated the message to be a welcoming from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20,1969 The message included an address and a request for a response from the person who discovered it.

“A sincere hi from the Russian far-eastern fleet of Vladivostok. Greetings to you … I wish everybody excellent health, longevity, and pleased sailing,” the message checks out, in part.

Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, found the initial author, Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko, KTUU reported.

He was skeptical he wrote the note up until he saw his signature on the bottom.

“There– precisely!” he exclaimed.

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The message was sent out while the then 36- year-old was aboard the Sulak, Botsanenko said. Botsanenko shed tears when the Russian tv reporter told him the Sulak was cost scrap in the 1990 s.

Botsanenko also revealed the press reporter some souvenirs from his time on the ship, consisting of the sign of the other half of a famous Russian spy and Japanese liquor bottles, the latter kept over his better half’s protests.

Ivanoff’s discovery of the bottle was initially reported by Nome radio station KNOM

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