News ID: 270689
Published: 0930 GMT June 27, 2020

Message in a bottle sparks friendship between girls

Message in a bottle sparks friendship between girls

A pair of 11-year-old US girls struck up a friendship thanks to a message in a bottle that traveled about 700 miles in just two weeks.

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.

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