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Beckley balloon travels 3,700 miles in three days

Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero Jeanette Webb, of Glen White, looks over a picture of her coal mining son, Steven James Webb, who passed away October 27, 2013. She released a helium balloon on Thanksgiving night in memory of her son and it made a 3,716-mile journey and was found in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero
Jeanette Webb, of Glen White, looks over a picture of her coal mining son, Steven James Webb, who passed away October 27, 2013. She released a helium balloon on Thanksgiving night in memory of her son and it made a 3,716-mile journey and was found in Cornwall, United Kingdom.

BECKLEY, W.Va. — There are many reasons a message in a bottle or note on a balloon might never be found. It could be lost forever in the ocean, wind up somewhere remote or simply be overlooked as trash.

Defying those odds, a balloon released on Thanksgiving Day in Beckley in memory of a lost loved one made a 3,716-mile journey and was found in Cornwall, United Kingdom.

Jeanette Webb, of Glen White, said releasing helium balloons on special holidays for lost loved ones has been a tradition in her family since she lost her father in 2002.

On Thanksgiving, she released an orange balloon in memory of her son, Steven Webb, who passed away in October 2013, at the age of 37.

“Whenever I let the balloon go, I imagine Steven is getting it, like it’s something I am sending him. It gives me a peaceful feeling,” she said.

The balloon was found Monday morning by John Foster, who noticed something stuck in a hedge along his small farm near Coverack, United Kingdom…

 

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