Teen survives plane crash, 10-foot seas
The 16-year-old Georgia girl tried to swim to shore after her small plane went down in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.
During Georgia inter-scholastic swim meets, Rachel Hostetler swam the 100-meter breast stroke for Rome High School.
On Sunday, she swam for her life through stormy seas.
Hostetler, 16, and two of her friends were headed for a Bahamas vacation, along with the father of one of the girls, when their five-seater Cessna aircraft plunged into the Atlantic about a mile off St. Augustine.
Hostetler told rescuers she didn't know what happened to the others but that she was trying to swim to shore when she was rescued about an hour and fifteen minutes after the crash in gale force winds. Waves ran as high as 10 feet and the water temperature was 62 degrees.
...The plane's pilot was Gary Tillman, 43, who owned an insurance agency in Rome. He and his daughter, Hannah, 16, were still missing Tuesday, 48 hours after the crash. U.S. Coast Guard "survivability" models show they could last no more than 34 hours, said spokesman Donnie Brzuska.
The fourth passenger, Anna Kipp, 16, was pronounced dead from asphyxia Sunday afternoon at Flagler Hospital, Brzuska said. She was wearing a life jacket but had no pulse when Coast Guardsmen pulled her from the water about an hour and 45 minutes after the plane went down.