Port of Funchal, Portugal. Photo by Bengt Nyman (CC 2.0)


A holidaying pensioner was rescued a third of a mile from shore after trying to swim out to a cruise ship off Madeira, Portugal.

The 65-year old British woman was on a month-long cruise on the Marco Polo with her husband, when they decided to end the trip after an argument, and instead fly back home.

Marco Polo. Photo by Donald Macleod (CC 2.0)


According to news reports, believing her husband had returned to the ship after she lost track of him at the airport, the woman jumped into the sea at night to swim out to the ocean liner as it left port.

Port of Funchal, Portugal. (PD photo)


The Mirror: Susan Brown, 65, managed to swim for a third of a mile in the Atlantic off Madeira after dark before getting into trouble and screaming for help. 

After nearly four hours in the water she had hypothermia and was close to death when she was finally rescued by fishermen in the early hours of Sunday.

Marco Polo. Photo by Starliner (CC 3.0)


Funchal port captain Felix Marques confirmed Mrs Brown had been a passenger on board the Marco Polo and said: “She was 500 meters from the coast when fishermen heard her shouting.

“She was very lucky to survive. 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. Read more from The Mirror here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee