News

NJ woman stranded at sea 16 hours, swims to shore

NJ woman stranded at sea 16 hours, swims to shore

A college student says she was stranded at sea for 16 hours. Photo: clipart.com

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A college student from southern New Jersey says she was stranded at sea for 16 hours while swimming off Honduras and is now safe.

Heather Barnes went to collect coral samples for a project she’s doing at New College of Florida at 4 a.m. Friday. She says she started to cramp and got pushed out to sea.

Writing on Facebook, Barnes says she realized she had to swim to try to reach safety. She says she eventually reached land, where two people gave her water and used a kayak to take her back to the resort where she was staying.

Barnes is in Florida recovering from sunburn and jellyfish stings.

Her mother, Jennifer Dukelow of Woodbury, tells WPVI-TV in Philadelphia that she prayed until her daughter called late Friday.

Recent Headlines

yesterday in National

Washington state mudslide death toll rises to 39

mud

The official death toll from a mudslide rose to 39, after search teams pulled out two more bodies from the mud and rubble.

yesterday in Local

Marathon suspect seeks dismissal of some charges

Tsarnaev

Lawyers for marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be in court today, asking a judge to dismiss some of the charges he's facing

yesterday in Local

Students To Counter Westboro Baptist Church

UMass Amherst

UMass students will rally today in support of basketball player Derek Gordon and other members of the gay and lesbian community

yesterday in Local

Racist, Anti-Gay Graffiti At Smith Voc

news-generic

Racist and anti-gay graffiti has been found at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

yesterday in Local

Flood Warning Issued For Northampton

river

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Connecticut River