Brit on surfboard rescued at sea 'spent 3 days adrift after cruise ship fall'

A British man rescued at sea on a surfboard has claimed he spent three days adrift after falling off a cruise ship.

The 55-year-old was picked up by coastguards off the Costa del Sol resort of Marbella early on Monday afternoon.

Crew members on a yacht called Estelar alerted rescuers after spotting the man, who they said was fully dressed.

They said when they neared him, he claimed to them he had spent several days at sea after falling off a boat.

According to Spanish publication El Dia, the man was British, and was suffering from severe hypothermia.

The vessel he had fallen from was reported to be a cruise ship, although it has has yet to be identified.

He is said to have told coastguards that the accident had happened three days earlier.

Coastguard vessel Salvamar Vega took him to Estepona Port so a waiting ambulance could take him to a local health centre to be treated for hypothermia.

His exact whereabouts on Monday night was unknown.

Police, who could not be reached for comment, are expected to question him about his ordeal as soon as he is better.

It is unclear how the man had managed to end up on a surfboard – fuelling a wave of speculation.

One social media user said: “I’m intrigued about this story, because finding a surfboard while you’re lost at sea would be even stranger than falling off a boat with the surfboard.”

Another added: “What’s the story, that they threw the surfboard to him when he fell instead of rescuing him?”

It is not known whether the man lives in Spain or was on holiday.