Woman rescued 10 hours after falling from a cruise ship

Monday, August 20, 2018

A British woman was rescued 10 hours after falling from a cruise ship into the sea off Croatia, the country's coastguard said.

The woman, who had been on a Norwegian Star cruise ship, ended up in the Adriatic Sea shortly before midnight on Saturday following the incident around 60 miles off the coast.

The passenger, named in reports as Kay Longstaff, said: "I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me."

The 46-year-old was exhausted when found swimming the following morning, the rescue ship's captain Lovro Oreskovic said.

He added: "We were extremely happy for saving a human life."

The woman was taken to a hospital in the nearby town of Pula.

A spokeswoman for Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed she had gone overboard as the ship made its way to Venice.

They said: "We are very happy that the individual, who is a UK resident, is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family."