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Briton rescued from sea off Madeira

Marco Polo cruise ship at dock in Madeira

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The Marco Polo docked in Madeira on Saturday

A British woman rescued from the Atlantic off the island of Madeira on Sunday is in a stable condition, the hospital where she was taken has said.

The woman, who is in her sixties, had been in the water for several hours and was suffering from hypothermia when she was picked up by local fishermen.

She had arrived in Madeira with her husband on a cruise ship on Saturday.

Funchal port captain Fernando Felix Marques said the circumstances that led to her entering the water were unclear.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages told the BBC the couple had decided to cut short their 32-night cruise on the Marco Polo and fly back to Bristol.

A company spokesman, Paul Foster said: “Once [the husband] was home we then heard from our port agent that [his wife] had been rescued.”

He added: “It’s a very odd situation.”

The Marco Polo has since sailed to Lisbon and was due to leave for Bristol Avonmouth on Monday evening.

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