"She felt nothing, and was found in the water. She heard people talking around her but saw nobody during the night. She was ejected. She was found beside the plane. I never thought she would get out like that. It’s the Good Lord who wanted it."...She'd broken her collar bone, but she is doing well, the doctors say.
She had climbed on to a portion of wreckage – believed to be part of the plane’s cabin – but kept slipping back into the sea while clinging on to part of it with her hands.
By the time a boat’s torch picked her out in the depths, she could hardly move.
"We tried to throw her a life buoy to hang on to, but she wouldn’t take the buoy," said one of the rescuers.
I had to jump in to rescue her. She was trembling, trembling. We put four sheets around her, and gave her hot water and sugar.
July 1, 2009
Bakari Bahia, a 14-year-old girl, survived 12 hours in the Indian Ocean after a plane crash that killed 152 others.
She tells of being "ejected" from the Yemenia Airways Airbus as it broke up: