A 30-year-old Chinese woman, known only by her last name, Fan, fell from the deck of the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas cruise ship and is reported to have survived the accident after drifting for 38 hours at sea. BBC reported that The Shanghai woman survived the incident suffering minor injuries caused by jellyfish stings.

The cruise ship accident happened while Ms. Fan was travelling with her parents from Japan to China.  Fan was leaning on the deck rail of the ship from a height of about seven floors when she fell overboard at about 9:00 p.m. last Wednesday. She floated at sea for 38 hours, sustaining injuries from jellyfish stings before fishermen came to her rescue at about 11:00 a.m. on Friday. The incident occurred as the ship was sailing between Fukuoka, Japan, and Shanghai. The victim’s father was in absolute shock and refused to believe his daughter was still alive until he was contacted by authorities and heard her voice over the phone for the first time in days.

While some believe her survival is a miracle, other commentators have attributed her survival to her fitness as a swimmer since she was five years old. Aside from those speculations and utter incredulity over her survival, it is difficult to say whether the family plans to take any legal action against Royal Caribbean since the cause of her fall has not been disclosed.

This is certainly a troubling headline for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, who recently announced its ship the Ovation of the Seas as an exclusive addition to its fleet in Asia. RCCL has shifted its focus on the Asian travel market and has seen some significant success overseas, proudly calling itself the largest cruise line in China.


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