Like a scene out of a film, a Florida couple found a message in a bottle while hanging out on the beach.
Nikki Snow and Allen Gibson went to the beach in Indialantic, Florida, as Hurricane Irma battered the state’s Atlantic Coast, reports USA Today.
While videotaping the storm on September 10, they found a green wine bottle with a message written in Spanish inside.
The note, a prayer to the Afro-Cuban water goddess Yemaya, read in part: ‘I’m fighting, mother, tooth and nail to be able to realize my dreams, you know that more than anything in the world I long to succeed with my music.’
Florida couple Nikki Snow and Allen Gibson found a message in a green wine bottle while photographing Hurricane Irma in Indialantic, Florida on September 10
Pictured is Snow holding a copy of the letter her and her boyfriend found
The note was written by Chila Lynn, a 25-year-old R&B singer from Havana, Cuba. It read in part: ‘I’m fighting, mother, tooth and nail to be able to realize my dreams, you know that more than anything in the world I long to succeed with my music’
A translator looked at the message and ascertained that it was written by Chila Lynn, a 25-year-old R&B singer from Havana.
Lynn is a pianist and singer trying to gain an international record deal. She released the bottle on July 22 at a seaside church in Havana.
The bottle somehow made its way to Indialantic, about 360 miles as the crow flies from Havana.
‘Imagine my grandmother’s face when I told her. I said, “My bottle is in Florida,”‘ she told USA Today.
She added: ‘There was a hurricane — a huge one — and still the bottle made it. I think it’s a story about faith.’
Gibson works as a chef at El Ambia Cubano, a Cuban restaurant owned by Cuba native Alfredo Hernandez, who began to correspond with Lynn.
Hernandez hopes to bring Lynn to the United States to perform one day.
He also hanged the note in his restaurant.
The letter is now displayed in El Ambia Cubano, the restaurant where Gibson works that is owned by Alfredo Hernandez, a Cuba native who began a correspondence with Lynn after the publication of the letter