One day, someone walking along the sea at Old Portsmouth, UK, noticed something alarming floating out in the water. The walker called emergency services like any responsible citizen would when they think they see a body floating off-shore and the police and coastguard quickly came to survey the scene. What they found was something far more amusing (although maybe not less disturbing) than a dead body: a life-sized, handcrafted E.T. replica.
The E.T. belongs to 76-year-old Margaret Wells, whose daughter spent three months making the model during a stage make-up course. Mrs Wells has had the replica for nine years, but lost it along with a bunch of jewelry and an iron when her house was robbed in September 2011. Mrs Wells never had a doubt that E.T. would make it’s way home, though, and it certainly wasn’t difficult to reunite Mrs Wells with her “beloved” model once it was found. As Mrs Wells told The Telegraph, “There’s only one in the whole of England and that is mine. “The police rang and said somebody has found a body in the Solent and it belongs to you – it’s E.T.’” It’s a little bit worse for wear – missing a finger and looking “a bit roughed up” – but it’s still in pretty good shape considering it’s been missing for months and floating in the sea for who knows how long.
In fact, the poor stolen replica is probably in considerably better shape than the walker who spotted it in the water. According to a coastguard spokesperson, “[The E.T.] rolled up on the beach and gave [them] a bit of a fright.”