Tuesday, 16 August 2016 - 11:34
Chinese woman 'survives 38 hours in sea' after falling from cruise
A Chinese woman who fell off a cruise ship and drifted at sea for 38 hours before being rescued by fishermen has lived to tell the tale.
The woman from Shanghai, known only by her surname Fan, leaned too far forward from a ship deck and fell overboard, according to Chinese media.
She reportedly fell from the fourth deck, the approximate height of a seven-floor building.
The 31-year-old survived the ordeal with only minor injuries, reports said.
Ms Fan was on a five-day cruise on the Royal Caribbean from Shanghai to South Korea and Japan, according to reports.
She reportedly had nothing to cling on to after she fell in the sea, and drifted for most of the time until she saw a fishing boat approaching.
Her parents, who were allegedly on the cruise with her, did not realise she was missing until hours later.
Her father refused to believe his daughter was alive until he heard her voice on the phone, reports said.