We would hate to be the people who have to search the shorelines whenever somebody calls in a floater, but this was probably a welcome surprise to them. While searching for a body on the English coast last week, Coastguard officers instead found a model of everyone's favorite cuddly alien.
The story of how E.T. washed up on a U.K. shoreline begins all the way back in September, when 76-year-old Margaret Wells reported the replica stolen—along with jewelry and an iron—from her home in Cosham, Hampshire ("Hants" for short). The replica is one of a kind—Wells' daughter made it for her nine years ago as part of a stage makeup class.
Last Thursday, a passer-by got a little freaked out when they saw something humanoid floating near the shore just off Old Portsmouth, five miles away from Wells' home. Thinking they'd just spotted a dead person, the passer-by called authorities, who searched the water and pulled out E.T. The model was then returned to Wells.
"There's only one in the whole of England and that is mine," Wells said. "The police rang and said somebody has found a body in the Solent and it belongs to you—it's E.T. I always knew E.T. would come home. He has lost a finger and looks a bit roughed up. But he has a smile on his face."
No word on what happened to the rest of the items stolen from Wells' home, but at least she's been re-united with her extraterrestrial pal. Because isn't that what we all yearn for?