Kiwi woman's dinghy misadventure ends in successful rescue off Greek coast

05 Novembre, 2019, 08:56 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Kushila Stein an experienced sailor was found drifting in a dinghy south of Folegandros and north of Crete

She was found by an Herakleion coast guard patrol boat 55 nautical miles northwest of Herakleion and 40 nautical miles southwest of Folegandros.

When Ms Stein did not return to the yacht, the owner reported her disappearance to Greek authorities on Saturday morning.

Kushila Stein, from New Zealand, ended up lost in Aegean Sea, off the coast of Crete, after she chose to hop off the yacht she was on and take the dinghy to the Greek island of Folegandros to go for a walk and stretch her legs.

She was taken to hospital for treatment.

How did she get lost at sea?

The woman sang to herself in order to beat the cold, until help arrived.

Whenever a plane flew overhead, she pointed a mirror toward the sun, hoping to create a flash that would attract passengers' attention.

While Stein didn't have fresh water, she rationed the "boiled lollies" she had brought in her backpack, her mother said.

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While Ms Stein was at sea, she wrote her mother's name and contact details on the side of the dinghy, fearing she might not survive.

"He thought "Oh no, that does not look good" and called the police", Wendy Stein said.

The Hellenic Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter, several boats and an underwater drone to aid in the search.

The 47-year-old was on a sailing holiday with her husband when she took the dinghy of their catamaran to go shopping on the island of Folegandros last Friday, according to the Greek Reporter.

Talking to local reporters, the woman said that the inflatable boat was drifted away due to the wind and she could not control the situation, Keep Talking Greece reported. By this stage, her daughter had been missing for about 10 hours.

After almost 40 hours at sea, with no drinking water, she was finally rescued.

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