WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Two families vacationing in Florida over spring break made an unlikely connection.
The Farrells, of West Des Moines, took their daughter and two friends to the Gulf of Mexico.
“It was the first day. The girls were out in the water. I think they'd been out there maybe ten minutes,” said Lisa Farrell.
Her daughter, Molly, had the family’s new GoPro camera.
“I just hit a big wave, and I didn't have the strap on and so I just kind of dropped it. The first thought that went through my head was, 'I'm going to be in so much trouble,'” said the high school senior.
She and her friends looked for the camera, but it was gone.
A few miles away, a little boy found the GoPro after it washed up on the beach. His father took a picture of off the camera and posted it to his Facebook. He posted a photo of Lisa and her husband at an Iowa State basketball game, hoping someone could make the connection.
Five days and hundreds of "likes" and "shares"later, someone did.
A friend of Lisa’s texted her.
“She said, 'Your GoPro has been found.' I was sitting here, and I looked at my phone and I was like, what?” Lisa said.
“No way that happened. What are the odds of that happening,” said Molly Farrell.
It turns out, the family that found their camera lives in Moline, Illinois, right on Iowa's border.
Now, the GoPro is en route to Iowa, thanks to the kindness of strangers who went the extra mile.
The Farrells sent the little boy who found it a box of Legos as a reward.