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Woman survives 2 days in river

November 02, 2008|Times Wire Services

A 48-year-old New Yorker who survived almost two days bobbing in the choppy waters of a vast South American river said she was kept alive by a plastic bucket and the desire to see her daughter again.

Sherry Haynes, a resident of Brooklyn who was born in Guyana, was riding across Guyana's Corentyne River in a water taxi on Oct. 24 when the speedboat apparently snagged on a fishing net and capsized.

Only Haynes and a crew member survived, while six died, including her sister and nephew.

She said prayer, and the desire to see her 19-year-old daughter again, kept her going.

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