Eight years ago, Angela Caballeros and her family were caught in Hurricane Katrina in their New Orleans home.
Caballeros, who at the time was just a teen, wrote down a description of her harrowing experience and sealed it in a plastic bottle before tossing it into the tide. She wrote:
Our roof is gone. Our roof is in the water.. I guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens next. If anyone is reading this, keep me and my family in your prayers, and I will keep you in mine. God Bless. Angela Caballeros.
Weeks later, National Park Service ranger Rob Turan found the note amongst debris while working with a response team.
“I took it home and had it framed," he told the Times-Picayune. "For almost eight years I’ve looked at it every day and wondered about [Angela].”
With only her name as clue, Turan tracked Caballeros down and reunited her with her long lost message.
Last month, a message in a bottle sent by a young girl -- who had passed away several years ago -- was discovered amid Superstorm Sandy debris and returned to her family.
More recently, a 50-year-old note in a bottle washed up on the Jersey shore. Last week, the sender was reunited with the message that he tossed in the ocean when he was just 12 years old.