Another day, another message in a bottle. I feel more of a personal connection to this one, because the bottle was found in Patchogue, Long Island, which is one town over from where I grew up.
The bottle, which originally contained ginger ale, was tossed into the Great South Bay in 2001 by a 10-year-old girl named Sidonie Fery. It apparently traveled only a mile or so to the west, where it was found last November by municipal workers involved in the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy. One of the workers, named Brian Waldron, noticed the note inside the bottle and took it out. The note included a phone number, which led Waldron to Sidonie Fery's mother, Mimi Fery.
Unfortunately, Sidonie died in an accident in 2010, so Mimi was extremely grateful to have this additional memento from her life. Sidonie probably didn't intend for her mother to be recipient of the note inside the bottle, but it turned out to be the best possible outcome.
Further details on all of this are available here.
(My thanks to James Poisso for yet another great story tip.)