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A Bridge City teen who went missing off the coast of Honduras for days is now back at home with her family.

16-year old, Amber Burkett was missing at sea since last Saturday.  The U.S. Coast Guard rescued her along with 8 others on Wednesday.

“I thank God and everybody that helped with the search,” Jackie Capeheart, the teen’s mother, said.

“I believe she has a bigger purpose.  More than she realizes,”  Capeheart said.

Burkett’s boat ran out of gas near the island of Utila, off the coast of Honduras.

“Some days were never thought we would get off the boat.   We wouldn’t have survived without each other.  Everyone did their part to not lose hope.  We just fed off each other,”  Burkett said.

They didn’t have any food or water on the boat.

“My stomach was hurting.  My head was hurting and I felt weak.  We prayed, but there wasn’t much we could do,”  she said.

With a second chance at life, she said, she wants to finish college and become a registered nurse.

“I know I must do right.  Do the best with the second chance that I’ve been given.”

A 16-year-old Bridge City girl lost at sea off the coast of Honduras is coming home.

“We had actually given up last night. We felt in our hearts she was gone,” says Amber’s “Nana” at home with family. “I was fixin’ to say, thank you Jesus!”

Missing since last Saturday, the United States Coast Guard rescued Amber Burkett and seven others stranded on the same 28- foot boat chartered from the island of Utila.

Amber’s mom says the U.S. embassy in Honduras called to say her daughter is safe, “They confirmed that she was one of the passengers. No one is hurt. No injuries.”

She says Amber will stay overnight at a hospital on the island of Roatan, then fly back to the United States on Saturday, “She was so excited about going on this trip.”

Family says the Honduras police and navy were also helpful finding Amber.  They’ll rendezvous with Amber at the airport in Houston on Saturday.

A phone call from Honduras came while WGNO was at her home.   Amber was put on speaker phone  calling from the hospital:

Mom: “How are you doing baby?”

Amber: “I`m not doing so good.”

Mom: “What`s wrong?”

Amber: “I think I ate too much too fast. I haven`t eaten in five days my stomach couldn’t handle it.”

Mom: “I`m sorry baby that I can`t get there. I tried. There’s no flights out.”

Amber: “It`s alright. It’s alright. At least I get to come home and see you. The whole time I was on the boat, I just prayed. I got to tell you, I love you one more time.”

Mom: “I know baby. I know.”

After she was missing for nearly five, the family of 16-year-old  Amber Burkett said they’d lost hope that the teen would be found alive.

“We had actually given up last night. We felt in our hearts she was gone,” Burkett’s grandmother told WGNO News reporter Tyler Wing.

Burkett was one of eight people missing after taking a boat ride into rough weather off the coast of Honduras.

The Coast Guard announced Wednesday morning that all eight of the missing people were discovered aboard the boat.

Tyler Wing was with Burkett’s mom when the teen called home.  You can see the exclusive video in his report.


(Photo from Twitter user @RedInformativaH)

A Honduran news agency, using their Twitter account, posted the following messages Wednesday afternoon (all messages translated using Google Translate):

“After four days of being rescued eight people missing at sea.”

“Los norteamericanos León Martín Coello Buckley, Amber Marie Burkelt al momento de llegar a #Roatán

Teen Girl From Bridge City Missing Off The Coast of Honduras(CNN) — Eight boaters missing off Honduras since Sunday have been found, and a rescue is under way, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday.

A Honduran news agency, using their Twitter account, posted the following messages Wednesday morning (all messages translated using Google Translate):

“U.S. Helicopter youth located at 8 missing in Roatan, but they have not been rescued”

“Eight Hondurans, two Americans and a young Canadian disappeared from Saturday June 29 in the Caribbean Sea”

“U.S. Helicopter rescues missing the 8 young and are being taken to the airport in Roatan”

“Helicopter will land in a few minutes with the 8 rescued in Bay Islands”

“Red Cross Lifeguards await the arrival of the young rescued in Bay Islands”

Tuesday, the Coast Guard announced it would join the search for eight people missing off the coast of Honduras.

Among the missing is a 16-year-old girl from Bridge City named Amber Marie Burkett.

The group boarded a boat Saturday night.  They apparently traveled into a storm and have not been heard from since.

Burkett’s family says search crews are doing all they can to find the teen and the rest of the group.  But they say much of the information coming out of Honduras is based on rumors, so it’s difficult to know exactly what’s going on.

Burkett traveled to Honduras in mid-June with her Godfather and his family.