0705 GMT January 17, 2021
Sofia Wilson, 11, of Clifton Park, New York, said she and her family were in Florida during COVID-19 lockdown, and she wrote about her feelings in a letter that was placed into a bottle and tossed into the water off the Fort Lauderdale coast during a boating outing, UPI reported.
Sarah Beth Walters, 11, of Jacksonville, Fla., said she and her family were by the water during a trip to Olden Beach, North Carolina, when she spotted what initially appeared to be trash on the beach.
Walters found Wilson's message and the two 11-year-olds — who share the same initials as well as similar blonde hair — struck up a friendship using the contact information included in Wilson's note.
The girls' families said they now talk constantly and are working on a plan to meet in person.