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Woman Discovered 38 Hours After Falling From Cruise Ship

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. | Gabe Zaldivar | August 16, 2016

Woman Discovered 38 Hours After Falling From Cruise Ship

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A terrifying and wholly remarkable story unfolded when a Chinese woman fell from Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas while it moved about East Chinese waters.

Seatrade Cruise News – citing The Shanghai Daily, which in turn points to a report from Zhoushan Evening news – reports a 31-year-old woman fell from the ship on Wednesday night, at about 9 p.m. local time.

Now, these stories sometimes end in the most tragic of ways. However, and rather miraculously, the woman not only survived the plunge but also the 38 hours it reportedly took to find her.

According to the reports, a fishing vessel discovered the woman, who is identified with the last name of Fan, on Friday morning.

The Shanghai Daily explains the woman made it through the amazing ordeal through extremely simple means: “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.’”

There are no details on how the woman found herself falling from the ship and into the water. The only mention states that Fan tumbled by accident from the ship.

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Seatrade Cruise News received word from Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez who offered the following: “We are grateful to learn that our guest is safe. Many of our crew members assisted in searching for her, and we all share the family's relief in her safe return home.”

Back in May, coast guard officials were forced to suspend a search for a woman who fell from a Carnival Liberty trip near Galveston.

And The Daily Mail reported back in 2011 that a startling number of people go missing every year from cruise ships.

In this case, a very strong woman and some great luck turned what would have been a disastrous fall into an unforgettable story.


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