A message in a bottle has washed ashore in Harris, all the way from the Bahamas.

Medical student Rosie Rayment (22) was on Seilebost beach learning to surf when she spotted the bottle stuck in the sand.

Rosie, originally from Cumbria, is on a seven-week placement at the South Harris Medical Practice.

She said: “I had always wanted to surf, so when my friend Alan offered to teach me I jumped at the chance.

“We were walking along Seilebost Beach at around 4pm on Wednesday February 3 when I noticed the bottle, with the message inside it. 

“We went surfing, then picked it up on our way back to the van. 

“Then we smashed it open as we made a cup of tea.”

To both Rosie and Alan’s astonishment, the message inside was from Bruce Roden and his then fiancé Monica Prieto, from Miami, in Florida. 

The bottle had been thrown over the side of the luxury cruise liner ‘Norwegian Sky’, off the coast of the Bahamas, on the 18th of May, 2014.

It had travelled over 6,500 miles and taken just under two years to reach the beach at Seilebost.

Immediately, Rosie tracked the couple down, and they were understandably gobsmacked to discover just how far their message had travelled.

 “They couldn’t believe it,” said Rosie. 

“They told me that I had made their dreams come true by finding their message. 

“And they told me that they were now married, and if I was ever in Miami, to contact them so we could meet up.”

Following her placement in Harris, Rosie will spend another eight weeks on placement in Inverness before graduating in June.

But she promises never to forget her short stay here. 

“How could I?” she laughed.

“Finding that message in the bottle is a very, very cool thing.” 

The message...

The bottle

Rosie with her friend Alan McDougall, who is a member of the Leverburgh RNLI crew

Bruce Roden and Monica Prieto

The cruise liner 'Norwegian Sky'

Quite a journey!