A Shanghai tourist was rescued from the sea by a fishing boat 38 hours after she was reported missing from a cruise ship that was returning from Japan to Shanghai.
The 31-year-old woman, surnamed Fan, who was traveling from Fukuoka to Shanghai with her parents, was reported missing from the Mariner of the Seas at around 9pm on August 10, according to the Zhoushan Evening News. She was picked up by the vessel at around noon on August 12.
Fan’s parents told the Zhejiang Province-based paper that she did not eat or drink anything during the ordeal, and attributed her survival to her “strong willpower.”
The paper said Fan accidentally fell into the sea when the vessel was approaching Shanghai’s Wusong Port. She was eventually saved by the Zhejiang-registered fishing boat and taken to Zhoushan. The paper said crew members reported that she was not injured, but was emotionally distressed by the ordeal.
She said she managed to stay awake and remain afloat without anything to hang onto, and had to swim away from big ships to avoid their propeller blades.