Johnny Garza didn't send an SOS to the world, but he did send a message in a bottle.
The Galveston County Daily News reports the message wasn't anything substantial - it just contained Garza's name and contact information - but he stuffed it in a Tabasco bottle and tossed it off the coast of the Cayman Islands.
More than a year later, two Galveston residents recently recovered that same hot-sauce container, poking out between the rocks of the 10th Street Jetty.
"The water was lapping up on it," Tommy Barcelona, 46, said. "The waves went down and I looked down again and was like, 'Wait a second, there's a message in that bottle.'"
Barcelona climbed down into the rocks, where the bottle was lodged in tight. "It was wedged in pretty good," he said. "It had probably been there a little bit."
He and his wife, Felicia Barcelona, 44, cleaned out the container, which Felicia described as "ordinary." They then discovered the bottle's neck was too small to allow for fingers or tweezers to pull out the message.
The Barcelonas decided to get the message out the only way they could think of - they smashed the bottle.
There, they found two rolled up sheets of paper - one, too wet to read, and another with Johnny Garza's phone number and address.
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