Why did they leave a boat, and get in the water to swim? Seems too far. Can't seem to get a straight story, anyone here know anything?
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- An Indiana woman died during an apparent diving mishap over the weekend off the Caribbean coast of Belize, a family friend said today.
Abigail Brinkman, 28, was among four people who had been missing since Saturday before a fishing vessel found three survivors and her body on Monday, said a man who answered the phone at her parents' home but would not give his name.
The divers -- two men and two women -- apparently had floation devices that allowed them to keep afloat during their three-day ordeal at sea. The three were taken to a hospital in Belize City, Belize police spokesman G. Michael Reed.
The Brinkman family friend said the boat apparently had a mechanical problem in the wake of Hurricane Wilma, which had passed by further out to sea hours before.
"She and the other scuba divers went in the water Saturday afternoon to attempt to swim to shore," he said. "I assume that she drowned, but that is not a fact."
One of the survivors is John Bain, an Indianapolis native who now lives in Racine, Wis.
Mary Garrett of Indianapolis, Bain's mother, said she spoke to her son this afternoon as he recovered in a Belize hospital.
Bain, 50, a patent attorney, was suffering from hypothermia and a jellyfish sting, Garrett said. He expected to leave the hospital in a couple of days.