With all the new forms of communication we have now, it’s nice to know some old ones still work . . .

A guy in California named Curtis Whitson recently went on a multi-day camping trip with his girlfriend and 13-year-old son.  And they hiked across a river, then couldn’t get back.

The water rose faster than they expected, so they had no way out.  And there was no cell service.  So they had to resort to putting a MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, and sending it over a WATERFALL in hopes someone would find it.

They took a green water bottle and scratched the word “HELP” on it.  Then they put a note inside that said, “We are stuck.  We’re at the waterfall.  Get help, please.”

Two hikers found the bottle about a quarter-mile downstream and called for help.  Then a rescue helicopter spotted them around midnight but had to wait until morning to airlift them out.

None of them were hurt, and they’re all fine.  Curtis’s son Hunter says he couldn’t believe the message-in-a-bottle idea actually worked.

(ABC News / Fox News)