By George Stephens • 04 November 2019 • 15:16
Kushila Stein, 47, was found 26 miles south of the island of Folegandros in the Aegean Sea on Sunday by rescue parties.
She had no rations on board as she quickly drifted out and survived a 2 day ordeal by wrapping herself in plastic bags and by eating a packet of boiled sweets left over in her pocket.
With no drinking water and cold nights out in the dark seas coastguards started a search after being alerted after she had not returned to the boat, it was discovered when they rescued her that she had lost her oars whilst rowing back from shore. Whenever a plane flew overhead she pointed a mirror towards the sun, hoping to attract attention but nobody picked up the signal.
Ms Stein’s mother said after her daughter was rescued” she used the survival skills she learned as an offshore sailor, she also told me she wrote down my name and number and attached to the dinghy so they would know who to contact if they found her and she was dead”
The mother ended with” She told me ‘I did everything I could to survive.’ She has been trained in sea survival so is quite competent. I think that might have saved her life.”
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