A coast guard official says he has found a bottle on a British beach containing an anguished message of heartache from a French-speaking woman to her married lover.

Coast guard manager Martin Leslie says he found the letter and a lock of brown hair in a beer bottle sealed with wax on a beach in Cornwall in southwestern England.

The message, dated last month, tells of the woman's heartbreak over the end of their relationship and promises that she will treasure the memories of their love for the rest of her life.

Excerpts from the unsigned three-page message were broadcast on the BBC's "Six O'Clock News."

Leslie told the AP Wednesday the message had no return address but that it probably came from northern France.