Kiwi tourist missing in Greek Islands rescued from inflatable dinghy in sea north of Crete

  • 04/11/2019
A Kiwi woman has been rescued from an inflatable dinghy in the middle of the Aegean Sea.
She spent 48 hours floating alone on the ocean. Photo credit: A News

A New Zealand woman who went missing while on holiday in the Greek Islands has been found days later at sea in an inflatable dinghy, far from where she was lost.

After being rescued on Sunday (local time), she was exhausted and was transferred to a hospital as soon as the boat landed at the city of Heraklion on Crete, according to the Greek Reporter.

She was reportedly found in the middle of the Aegean Sea, 55 nautical miles north of Crete.

The unnamed woman - aged 45 according to some news reports and 47 by another - reportedly went missing on Friday (local time) after shopping on Folegandros island.

She was using the motorless inflatable dinghy to get back to a catamaran yacht she and her husband were travelling around the islands on, when wind apparently made her small vessel uncontrollable and she drifted off.

"Yeah I was blown away, blown away in my dinghy," she says in a video posted to YouTube account newsittv. 

Greece's The National Herald reports that the search for the woman included four coast guard patrol boats and land forces on the islands of Santorini, Ios, Naxos, Folegandros and Milos, as well as three private boats and a Navy helicopter.

The report says additional craft from Hania, Rethymno and Heraklion joined the search operation in the morning of Sunday (local time).