Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Body of third Kan. student found near Costa Rica

Costa Rican Red Cross workers search for four U.S. tourists that were swept out to sea near Parrita, Costa Rica, 220 miles (354 kms) south-west of the capital of San Jose, Sunday, June 11, 2006. Three Kansas teenagers died after they were swept away by currents while swimming at a Pacific Coast beach in Costa Rica, authorities said. (AP Photo/Al Dia/Cristian Campos)Three students, teacher swept out to sea

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Search teams on Tuesday recovered the body of a third Kansas teenager who died along with two others in a weekend swimming accident off Costa Rica's Pacific Coast.

The three students and a teacher from Labette County High School were apparently swept out to sea on Saturday by currents off Palo Seco beach, near the town of Parrita, about 180 miles south of the Costa Rican capital of San Jose.

The body of Jessica Pierce, 17, was found by the crew of a shrimp boat, who alerted authorities.

"We located the body at a point 14 nautical miles from Esterillos," on the same stretch of coast, "and we are continuing the search for other man," said Red Cross shift supervisor Alexander Porras.

Still missing was Brett Carlson, 26, a Spanish teacher at the high school in Altamont, Kan., where all the victims went to school.

A plane, a helicopter, three boats and shore patrols have been involved in the search, Porras said.

The body of Danielle Tongier, 18, was found Saturday. The body of Andrew Harpstrite, a 17-year-old junior at Labette, was recovered Sunday.

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