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Pensioner attempts to swim after cruise ship

By T.K. Randall
March 28, 2016 · Comment icon 19 comments

The cruise ship in question was the Marco Polo (pictured). Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 David Stanley
A woman had to be rescued from the ocean after swimming for several hours in pursuit of a cruise liner.
65-year-old Susan Brown was pulled from the water approximately 500 meters from the coast of Madeira after deciding to swim after the vessel in the belief that her husband was on board.

According to reports, the couple had cut their month-long trip short and had been at the airport to return home when she lost sight of her husband and assumed that he had changed his mind.
It was later revealed that he had actually caught his flight as planned and had flown back home.

"She was very lucky to survive," said Funchal port captain Felix Marques. "She was in the water for more than three hours and was suffering from the effects of hypothermia when she was rescued by fishermen who heard her cries for help around 12.20am on Sunday."

"All she had on her was the clothes she was wearing and a handbag which she was clinging to. She could easily died if she had not been rescued when she was."

Source: Bristol Post | Comments (19)




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Comment icon #10 Posted by mesuma 8 years ago
When trimming the gene pool just can't get it right. 65 years it's been trying. She must've swam in circles only having one hand.
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Wow, what ever would make her do such a stupid thing Love. We all do stupid things when we love someone or something.
Comment icon #12 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
OMG, I LOVE this story, so epically bizarre and hilarious! She actually SWAM after a cruise ship for several HOURS! I never laughed so hard reading this. But she only got 500 meters out. Someone should have seen here sooner.
Comment icon #13 Posted by DeeSember 8 years ago
But she only got 500 meters out. Someone should have seen here sooner. People are used to seeing old bags in the ocean???
Comment icon #14 Posted by third_eye 8 years ago
This reminds me of the time when an European tourist was stuck up a tree for hours and the locals were just scratching their heads wondering what she was doing up there, everyone who noticed her early in the day just brushed it off as something those crazy tourists do until a kind little old lady asked and was told she couldn't get down after climbing so high up ... and promptly organized a rescue mission ... the tourist was too embarrassed to ask for help and was hoping someone she knows will come along and help her out ... ~ yeah ... one of those things I guess ...
Comment icon #15 Posted by woopypooky 8 years ago
500m in 3 hours = 2.7 meter / minit.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
Three hours in that water? Tough ol' gal! Get that woman some scones and a hot tea!
Comment icon #17 Posted by coldethyl 8 years ago
I love that she hung on to her handbag the entire time. It must have been expensive but now all her old lady candy and tissues are melted.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Brian Topp 8 years ago
Comment icon #19 Posted by Trust_no_one 8 years ago
Makes me laugh this i dont know how she thought she was going to get on borod if she ever caught up with it


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