A fully dressed British man suffering from severe hypothermia has reportedly been pulled out of the sea after saying he had fallen off a cruise ship three days earlier.
The man, reportedly 55-years-old and who was not named, was found by a passing yacht identified as the Estelar which spotted the man fully dressed in the water, and raised the alarm early on Monday afternoon, near Marbella, in province of Malaga, in southern Spain.
They said he was on a surfboard and it was not explained how he had managed to fall off the supposed cruise ship fully clothed while also carrying a surfboard.
He was then collected by coastguards on board the rescue boat Salvamar Vega that set out from the Costa del Sol resort of Marbella. They said they had received the emergency call from the Estelar at 1:53 PM.
The man who was suffering from severe hypothermia told the people on the yacht that he had spent all that time at sea after falling off the cruise ship three days earlier.
An ambulance was waiting to collect him when he was taken to shore at the nearby resort town of Estepona on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain.
Officials told Newsflash he was then taken to the port city’s health centre to be treated, but no one was immediately available to comment at the local hospital as to whether he been taken there.
A spokesman for the Spanish marine rescue organisation Salvamento Maritimo told Newsflash: “A yacht made an emergency call saying that was a man on a surfboard who said he had been adrift for 3 days.
“He first of all claimed that he had fallen off a merchant ship but the rescuers may not have understood him or he changed his story because when asked later he said it was a cruise ship.
“It has not been confirmed what the name was of the ship that he reportedly fell off or indeed what type of vessel it was or why.
“He was suffering from hypothermia and was then sent to the hospital in Estepona.”
The spokesman added that the man claimed to be a British citizen but this was being checked by state police, who at the time of writing this had not been able to confirm the man’s nationality.