Yes, messages in a bottle are still very much real, just ask a group of sailors that were recently stranded on an island off the coast of Brazil recently.
Six sailors that were stranded on the remote, uninhabited island of Ilha das Flechas (Arrow Island) since April 1 were eventually rescued by the Brazilian Navy on Wednesday after sending a message in a bottle, according to The New York Post.
The sailors were traveling on a 10-day voyage on the Bom Jesus ship, but the boat caught on fire, and they were reported missing on April 11 when they did not return home on time.
Desperate for help, the sailors wrote a message in a bottle, tied it to a ball, and sent it off to sea.
Luckily, a fisherman found the message and immediately sent it to the Brazilian Navy to go and help the stranded sailors.
"Help, help! We need help, our boat caught fire, we have been on Arrow Island for 13 days without food, let our family know," the note said, according to CEN News Wire.
The sailors survived 13 days on the island by drinking rainwater and rationing the little food they had, according to the Brazilian website Oliberal.com.
After being picked up by the Brazilian Navy via helicopter, the sailors were taken to a hospital in the city of Belém. As expected, they were incredibly dehydrated from being stranded on the island for nearly two weeks, but doctors said they were otherwise ok.
The port authority is now investigating what caused the ship to sink and catch on fire.