New Zealander adrift in tiny dinghy in Aegean survived on boiled sweets during 40 hour ordeal

Well, not fun I’m sure but ordeal seems a bit strong. 40 hours without fresh water is indeed a strain but again, ordeal seems a bit too strong a word for it.

10 thoughts on “Ordeal?”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    Something’s doesn’t smell right and I’m sure it will come out over the next few days.:

    She wrote her mother’s name and contact details on the hull of the dinghy, in the event that she did not survive.

    How did she manage that if when she was in it and at sea? And she just happened to be carrying a waterproof marker? Its best practice to write T/T (Tender to) Yachtname on a tender then if its found the register of yachts can be consulted.

    Ms Stein, 47, was helping a British man, identified only as Mike, to take a yacht from southern Turkey to Athens.


    They reached the Aegean island of Folegandros, where on Friday Ms Stein decided to row ashore in a dinghy in order to spend some time on dry land.

    But on her way back to the Rival 34 yacht, she lost an oar and winds quickly pushed her out of the harbour of Agkali.

    How far out were they? Its normal in the Med to anchor with a line ashore. Even if they didn’t it would be unusual to be more than 50m or so from land.She’s an experienced sailor and would have taken a handheld radio with her? She could have used one paddle like kayaking, it must have been a strong wind, in which case as an experienced sailor she wouldn’t have set off.

    And why no outboard, oars are usually there for when the outboard fails. Even if I want to row I always take the outboard, rowing against wind and tide is hard work.

    Talking of experienced sailors, the RNLI (and its equivalent around the world) recommend that life jackets are worn when in the dinghy (one of 5 occasions that are recommended) as that’s when most accidents and drowning of yachtsmen occur. She appears not have done, a bit stupid when you’re on your own.

    Her British sailing partner raised the alarm on Saturday morning after she had failed to return to the yacht.

    He waited all night? What did he think she was doing?

  2. Delivering a yacht from Turkey to Greece?

    Seems to me very likely they were delivering something else – or someone else – too.

  3. I was once adrift in a rowing boat, with only one oar and a swift ebb tide carrying us into the Irish Sea. You can, I discovered, make way across the tidal current using the oar as a paddle.

    Got ashore, stumbled up to a nearby farmhouse.

    “Are you a boy from that boat?”


    “You looked to be in trouble.”

    “Yes. Did you phone the Coastguard?”

    “Oh no.”

    So much for the profound wisdom of farmers’ wives.

    The lesson, by the way, is never trust your crewman to manage the fuel supply for the outboard.

  4. Sounds rather like he’d waited until she’s gone ashore, and then sneaked off and left her.

    My guess would be either they’d fallen out, or (as Mr MacFarlane suggests) she was delivering something she shouldn’t have been, and he was scared of getting implicated if she was caught (which might explain why the tender didn’t have the boat’s name on it, as my neighbour in Dorset asks).

    Although they probably wouldn’t be giving interviews to the ‘papers if they’d been smuggling something, so I’m going for the quarrel explanation.

  5. Bloke in North Dorset

    Some speculation from a sailing forum in which most people are sceptical. As well as the drugs angle:

    My guess would be that it’s the old story. Man and woman alone at sea. Someone has chanced their arm, someone has been rebuffed, someone has stormed off in a huff and, for both, its all got out of hand.

    Now there’s embarrassment all round and nobody wants to say what really led to her taking to the dinghy.

    It’s a story as old as the human race.

    “Kushila messaged the skipper, Mike, late on Friday afternoon to say she was ready to head back to the boat, a Rival 34 yacht, but when she still hadn’t appeared after a couple of hours, he assumed she’d decided to stay ashore a bit longer. ”
    So how did she message him and why didn’t she message again when she lost her oar?

  6. “So how did she message him and why didn’t she message again when she lost her oar?”
    I’ll have stab at that one. Being a normal girl, she doesn’t pay for internet for her fone, she freeloads off of other people’s wifi. She also spends most of her time on social media, so usually flats the battery at least twice a day.. Simples.

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