The People’s Daily China, a newspaper in China, reported on the "miraculous’ rescue of a thirty-two year old woman from Shanghai, who reportedly fell from a cruise ship. The newspaper tweeted that she reportedly swam for 38 hours and was then rescued by fishermen.
Earlier today the People’s Daily’s twitter page @PDChina tweeted:
@PDChina "32-year-old Shanghai woman miraculously saved by fisherman on Fri after she fell from a cruise ship & swam for 38hrs."
The newspaper posted two photographs. The first show shows a crowd surrounding a woman leaving a ship. The second photo (left) shows a woman, whose face is digitally obscured, being questioned.
There is no information regarding the name of the cruise ship, or a description regarding how or where the woman went overboard.
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Photo credit:@PDChina / People’s Daily, China
August 14, 2016 Update: The popular Cruise Hive covers the story with interesting additional information. In the article titled Overboard Royal Caribbean Passenger Rescued After 38 Hours Adrift At Sea, Cruise Hive sites the Chinese media and says that the woman was a passenger on board the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas who "accidentally fell overboard on August 10 when she . . . was leaning too far over the railings she fell overboard at around 9 PM." The cruise ship then returned to its home port in Shanghai the next morning at around 6 A.M. on August 11. It was not until Chinese authorities boarded the ship and the CCTV footage was finally reviewed was the woman seen on video going overboard. On August 12 around 11:00 A.M., fishermen rescued her.
This situation is another reason why cruise lines like Royal Caribbean should be compelled to comply with the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security & Safety Act and install automatic man overboard systems.
August 15, 2016 Update: Major newspapers like the BBC and the Telegraph are covering the story.