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Kiwi found near Crete after 3 days in dinghy

It’s a good thing she wasn’t in the Pacific

A New Zealand tourist who went missing for three days in the Aegean Sea after going shopping on an island, has been found safe and well. 


Image Hellenic Coast Guard


Kushila Stein, 47, had been helping a British man transport his boat from southern Turkey to Athens when she decided to pop out for a quick jaunt on nearby Folegandros island. 


After finishing her shopping, on Friday afternoon, she called the man to let him know she would be back soon. But that obviously didn’t happen. 


Instead, the NZ traveller found herself stranded at sea in a dinghy. And when she hadn’t returned by 5am the following morning, he reported her lost and a search operation began. 




According to the Greek Reporter, a Hellenic navy boat and three private vessels were involved in the search, while the port authorities of Folegandros, Ios, Milos, Naxos and Santorini were alerted of the woman’s disappearance.


On Sunday evening, the woman was found by a Heraklion Central Port Authority boat some 55 nautical miles north of Heraklion. Exhausted, she was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.


According to, Ms Stein was an experienced sailor and whilst lost wrapped herself in three plastic bags to keep warm and survived on a “handful of boiled lollies”. 

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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 4 November 2019

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