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Miracle’ lady is swept out to sea and someway survives for 36 hours

  •  The woman spent two nights at sea before being rescued

A Chinese woman who went swimming off a beach in Japan and was swept out to sea somehow survived for 36 hours after drifting 50 miles in the Pacific Ocean before being rescued by a cargo ship. 

Local coast guard launched a search and rescue operation after the Chinese woman in her 20s had disappeared while swimming at Shirahama Ohama beach on Monday at about 7.30pm, about 125 miles southwest of Tokyo.

The woman, who was not named, told rescuers she was unable to return to the beach as she was swimming with a rubber ring. 

She was likely swept out to sea by a current and an evening seaward wind from the mountains. Her swim ring made it more difficult to move against the wind, experts said. 

She was finally spotted floating off the southern tip of Boso peninsula at 7:48 am on Wednesday – 36 hours after she was first swept away – by a cargo ship, Japanese coast guard said. 

Pictured: Swimmer who drifted for 36 hours in the Pacific Ocean after her rescue

Pictured: Swimmer who drifted for 36 hours in the Pacific Ocean after her rescue

In this photo released by Japan Coast Guard, a woman is airlifted by a coast guard helicopter off Nojimazaki, Chiba prefecture, Japan Wednesday, July 10, 2024. A Chinese woman who was swept out to sea while swimming at a Japanese beach was rescued after drifting in a swimming ring 80 kilometers (50 miles) away in the Pacific Ocean, officials said Thursday

In this photo released by Japan Coast Guard, a woman is airlifted by a coast guard helicopter off Nojimazaki, Chiba prefecture, Japan Wednesday, July 10, 2024. A Chinese woman who was swept out to sea while swimming at a Japanese beach was rescued after drifting in a swimming ring 80 kilometers (50 miles) away in the Pacific Ocean, officials said Thursday

A woman who was dragged out to sea and spent 36 hours drifting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was rescued by Japanese coast guard

A woman who was dragged out to sea and spent 36 hours drifting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was rescued by Japanese coast guard

The woman, who was wearing a blue blanket, was airlifted to safety after being rescued by a tanker

The woman, who was wearing a blue blanket, was airlifted to safety after being rescued by a tanker

The cargo ship asked a passing LPG tanker to help.

Two of its crew members jumped into the sea and rescued by the woman. 

Footage released by coast guard shows the woman – dry and wrapped in a blue blanket – on the deck of the tanker as a helicopter hovers above her.

She is then attached to a rope and safely taken into the chopper, and airlifted to safety.

Crew members of the tanker who helped in the rescue told TV Asahi that they shouted to the woman not to give up as she bobbed up and down in waves that were about 2 meters high. 

Map shows where the woman was last seen before being swept out to sea, as well as the location where she was found 36 hours later

Map shows where the woman was last seen before being swept out to sea, as well as the location where she was found 36 hours later

Footage shows the woman - dry and wrapped in a blue blanket - on the tanker that rescued her. The woman is said to be a Chinese citizen in her 20s

Footage shows the woman – dry and wrapped in a blue blanket – on the tanker that rescued her. The woman is said to be a Chinese citizen in her 20s

Two of them jumped into the water and tied a rope around the woman, while other crew pulled her up to the tanker, they said.

One crew member said everyone was relieved the woman survived, even though she seemed to be exhausted.

The woman was  taken to hospital but she did not need to be admitted her dehydration was not life threatening. 

The incident echoes that of the five-year-old girl who was plucked from the ocean after she drifted half a mile from the coast on an inflatable unicorn. 

The child floated away from the Greek town of Antirrio in the Gulf of Corith while playing in the water with her parents on Sunday.

She was picked up by a ferry and brought back to shore. Footage taken of the rescue showed the child sitting calmly on the colourful inflatable as the ferry approached. 

Hidetoshi Saito, director of the Japan Water Safety Society, said on Japanese television: ‘There are a lot of ships in the area where the woman was found . It is a miracle that she was not hit by a ship.’