New Zealand woman stranded at sea off Greece survived on hard candy

A handout photo made available by the Hellenic Coast Guard shows Kushila Stein from New Zealand in her rubber dinghy after being rescued by the Hellenic Coast Guard, north of Crete Island, Greece.

A New Zealand woman lost at sea off the southeastern coast of Greece survived in her inflatable dingy for almost two days eating candies, local media reported.

Kushila Stein, 47, was adrift in the Aegean Sea, southwest of the island Folegandros, when the Hellenic Coast Guard rescued her Sunday, authorities said.

“She has been trained in sea survival so is quite competent. I think that might have saved her life,” Stein’s mother Wendy told New Zealand news outlet Stuff.

“I still have one lolly left mum,” Stein told her mother after her rescue, according to the New Zealand Herald.

The saga at sea started Friday for Stein. The woman from Warkworth, New Zealand, was just off Folegandros in the middle of a weeks-long voyage from southern Turkey to Athens when she decided to row to the island for a walk, the Herald reported.

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