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NJ woman stranded at sea 16 hours, swims to shore

Monday - 7/22/2013, 8:20am  ET

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 (http://bit.ly/1dPoujs ) that she prayed until her daughter called late Friday.


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