British woman survives 10 hours at sea after falling from cruise ship

British woman survives 10 hours at sea after falling from cruise ship

A woman was rescued on Sunday after she fell from the Norwegian Star and spent 10 hours in the water.

The Croatian rescue ship sent out to look for her found her just 1,300 meters from where she fell.

Kay Longstaff, a 46-year-old air hostess, told local media that she fell from the back of cruise ship Norwegian Star as it traveled from Vargarola, Croatia to Venice, Italy, ABC News reports.

The woman, who said she was from England, spoke to Croatian broadcaster HRT about her ordeal, which happened around midnight between Saturday and Sunday, off the northern Adriatic coast.

Lovro Oreskovic, who was involved in the rescue, told the Glas Istre portal on Monday it was a "miracle" Longstaff survived, noting her physical fitness.

She said that she is "lucky to be alive" and thanked her "wonderful" rescuers as she was taken to a hospital in the Croatian town of Pula.

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"In the morning of August 19th, a guest went overboard as Norwegian Star made her way to Venice. And she said she was singing to not feel cold in the sea overnight".

Longstaff, a former Virgin Atlantic flight attendant who now works on private planes, was all smiles after being pulled from the waters by the Croatian coast guard less than a mile from where she fell.

David Radas, a spokesman at Croatia's Ministry of Maritime Affairs, said surveillance video on the ship ultimately helped rescuers locate Longstaff. "I was sitting at the back of the deck", before she was led into an ambulance.

Norwegian Cruise Line has had another man overboard incident recently. Throughout the dramatic rescue action we have demonstrated to be well-trained and skilled.

A spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Lines confirmed that a rescue mission had been put in place after authorities were notified of the late night incident.

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