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Staff photo by Lindsay Kriz
Rex Wray of Sunset Beach stands near where he discovered the miniature boat Róisín (pronounced “rowsheen”), originally launched from Ireland in 2014.
Sunset Beach man finds model boat originally launched from Ireland

SUNSET BEACH — Those who walk on the beach at 4 a.m. are likely to have good luck finding treasures along the shore. Just ask Rex Wray of Sunset Beach.

A former GM employee who used to work the third shift, Wray rises early every day to take a walk along the ocean, eyes peeled for anything worth collecting. Over the years, he has collected items from a scotch bonnet — North Carolina’s state shell— to a message in a bottle from a woman in Ocean Isle Beach announcing that while she had low points in her life, she’s doing well now.

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