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VIDEO: Kiwi kid ingenuity - passing messages by raft

by Sail-World NZL 2 May 2020 02:14 PDT
Florentina Kitchen was excited to send letters to her cousins on a sail raft. © Chris Kitchen

Two girls who were missing their cousins during the coronavirus lockdown sailed letters to them on a raft they made out of flax leaves.

Florentina, 5, and Lucette Kitchen, 3, launched the raft from Harbourview Beach in Te Atatu Peninsula in West Auckland, hoping their letters would reach their cousins somehow at Cox's Bay.

The raft made a remarkable 5.7km journey overnight and landed just 25 metres away from the home of their cousins Alexandra, Amelia and Bianca.

"What are the odds," dad, Chris Kitchen said.

"We had put their cousins' address on it, hoping someone would find it and deliver it to them eventually but it landed so close and they found it. We thought it was going to be long shot."

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