Message in a bottle creates new friendship for Clifton Park girl

Jill Konopka
Updated: June 07, 2020 09:21 AM
Created: June 06, 2020 07:39 PM

A new friendship formed between two little girls amid the coronavirus pandemic.

One is from Clifton park, and the other is from Florida. The two were connected by a message in a bottle.


Sofia Wilson, 11, is a Gowana Middle Schooler. She threw a bottle with a message in it off Marco Island May 23 while visiting family in Florida.

"It said my name, I don't like Coronavirus and I'm sick of it and I put my email," said Sofia.

Sofia's mother, Kim wilson, wasn't convinced anything would ever come from the message.

"I was like oh no. Breaks my heart, she thinks she's gunna send this out and someone is actually going to find it. And I took a snap shot," said Kim.

They forgot all about it until just over a week later.

Sarah Beth Waters, 11, lives more than 700 miles away. She was having dinner with her family in Holden Beach, North Carolina when her dad's water bottle flew across the sand.

"I was running and ummm I found this other water bottle on the beach because I thought it was trash and I bring over to my parents and noticed something in it. And I said I think I found a message in a bottle, no you didn't, no you didn't," said Waters.

But soon, the two 11-year-olds became pen pals and exchanged texts and built an unsuspecting friendship.

"Found out a little girl visiting florida from NY and then we're from Florida. And up in North Carolina visiting family. Find it absolutely crazy, absolutely crazy," said Dean Waters, Sarah Beth's father.

The two girls hope to meet someday in person.

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