A British mum was stunned when she was told the name of the man who discovered her children’s message to Santa in a bottle they tossed into the sea.
The letter her son sent out to sea at Christmas traveled all the way to Denmark 800 miles away – only to wash up at the feet of a man named Claus.
And adding further magic to the tale, the recipient’s surname – ‘Flygare’ means ‘someone who can fly’ in Swedish.
Jessica Mallon said she was astounded that the letter had been found by a ‘real-life Mr Claus’.
Her son Harley, eight, said: “I can’t believe a shark didn’t eat it instead!”
Jessica could not believe her eyes after she read on Hull Live that her children’s message had been found five months after they first sent the bottle sailing on its journey.
Harley and Meadow, 2, tossed their two bottles in the water at Withernsea, and their mum never expected to see either of them again.
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But it was retrieved just last week by Claus on his local beach, near Skagen in Denmark.
Mum Jessica said: “It’s my son that threw it in. His dad threw one in as well, but that one came back straight away so we brought it home.
“We never really thought anything of it. My cousin rang me and said, ‘have you seen Hull Daily Mail? Someone has found your message in Denmark! I didn’t believe her at first.”
Jessica explained that although the message stated it was from the Humber Bridge, a last minute change of location meant the bottle actually departed from Withernsea and at a later date than stated on the letter, December 12.
“It was really windy that night, so I said shall we just have a drive to With? So we threw it at With, but it says Hull on the letter,” she said.
“Just before Christmas from Home Bargains, they were 49p each down the Christmas aisle. I think it was a letter you write to Santa in a bottle. When I got home I thought, message in a bottle,” said Jessica.
Jessica said: “The guy who found it, his name is Claus and I found that really bizarre because these bottles were down the Christmas aisle! Is this the real Santa?”
Claus Flygare said previously: “I found this letter in a little bottle near Skagen in Denmark. The water has eaten half of the letter. I was going with two of my friends along the broad beach on Friday, April 23.
“When we opened it up half of the massage was eaten during the long swim, but we could see the words ‘Hull and Humber’.
“Therefore I hope you could help us the find the sender, so we can tell her what was happening to the bottle she sent.”