Saturday, June 17, 2006

Body of Kansas teacher found

Photo of Brett Carlson / APSan Jose, Costa Rica (AP) - Costa Rican authorities on Friday found the body of a Kansas teacher who drowned along with three of his high school Spanish students after being swept away by strong currents in the Pacific ocean.

Brett Carlson, 26, and the others from the Labette County High School in Altamont, Kan., drowned Saturday in Playa Palo Seco, about 186 miles south of San Jose, according to Red Cross officials.

Carlson reportedly jumped in to try to save the three students: Jessica Pierce, 17, Danielle Tongier, 18, and Andrew Harpstrite, 17, whose bodies were recovered this week as authorities searched the waters.

Labette County school Superintendent Dennis Wilson said that 10 students, Carlson and another chaperone had been in Costa Rica since June 6, and students saved money all year for the language and arts trip

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