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Woman Survives 15 Days in Dinghy, Family Lost

October 23, 1994| Reuter

MADRID — A French woman was found alive in a rubber dinghy after 15 days at sea during which her husband apparently drowned and her 5-year-old daughter was washed overboard just before help arrived, officials said Friday.

Louise Longo-Huyghe, 36, was airlifted from the dinghy in storm-tossed seas 120 miles off the northwestern coast of Spain on Thursday afternoon.

She was badly malnourished and barely coherent but later told a French deputy consul in the port of La Coruna that her husband Bernard Huyghe had died a week earlier.

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