Vacationer misplaced at sea off Greek island ‘survived by consuming sweets’

Kushila Stein in her rubber dinghy after being rescued by the Hellenic Coast GuardPicture copyright
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Kushila Stein in her rubber dinghy after being rescued by the Hellenic Coast Guard


A vacationer survived for 2 days adrift at sea in a dinghy close to Greece by snacking on boiled sweets, experiences say.

Kushila Stein, 45, from New Zealand, was rescued from the Aegean Sea, north of Crete, on Sunday.


Throughout her 37-hour ordeal Ms Stein reportedly rationed a “handful of boiled lollies” and wrapped herself in plastic luggage for heat.

An skilled sailor, Ms Stein put a purple bag on her head and used a mirror to draw consideration, experiences say.

After an intensive search, the Greek Coast Guard discovered her 101km (55 nautical miles) north of Crete, Greece’s largest island.

Her mom Wendy Stein informed Stuff.co.nz her daughter’s coaching in sea survival “might need saved her life”.

How did she get misplaced at sea?

Ms Stein was serving to a British man, named in media experiences solely as Mike, take a yacht from southern Turkey to Athens.

In the course of the journey, Ms Stein determined to “stretch her legs” by crusing a dinghy to the island of Folegandros on Friday, her mom mentioned.

However on her means again to the Rival 34 yacht, certainly one of her oars fell overboard and robust winds pushed her out to sea.

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Hellenic Coast Guard

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Kushila Stein in her rubber dinghy after being rescued by the Hellenic Coast Guard

When Ms Stein didn’t return to the yacht, the proprietor reported her disappearance to Greek authorities on Saturday morning.

A search and rescue operation involving six vessels, a helicopter and underwater drone was launched by the coast guard.

Whereas Ms Stein was at sea, she wrote her mom’s identify and call particulars on the aspect of the dinghy, fearing she won’t survive.

However the coast guard picked her up on Sunday morning “half means between Crete and Folegandros”, her mom mentioned.

Ms Stein was taken to hospital, the place she was handled for publicity and dehydration.

When Ms Stein was rescued, the New Zealand Herald reported that Ms Stein referred to as her mom and mentioned: “I nonetheless have one lolly left mum.”

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