According to several published reports, like this one from BBC.com, a Chinese woman who fell off a cruise ship and drifted at sea for 38 hours survived with only minor injuries.
The incident occurred as the Royal Caribbean cruise ship she was traveling on made its way from Shanghai to South Korea and Japan.
Reportedly, she was “enjoying the view” when she fell…falling approximately 7 stories into the ocean. Remarkably, after calling for helping and getting no answer in return, she tread water for 38 hours before being rescued by a fisherman.
Stories like this show 1) just how quickly accidents can happen on cruise ships and 2) how amazing and resilient the human spirit can be when faced with such a perilous situation. Her endurance during the 38 hours was simply remarkable and certainly saved her life.