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Holidaymaker Found Ten Hours After Falling From Cruise Ship
A British woman was rescued on Sunday, Aug. 10, after falling from a cruise ship and spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea. The woman, named by British media as Kay Longstaff, plunged into the water about 60 miles off the Croatian coast at midnight on Saturday after falling from the Norwegian Star, run by Norwegian Cruise Line. She was very lucky to survive, according to experts. Still images released by Croatia’s defence ministry show Longstaff, 46, climbing to safety onto the “Cavtat” coast guard vessel. She appeared in good spirits, wearing a t-shirt and blue denim jeans as she arrived in the Croatian city of Pula on Sunday. She told reporters, “I am very lucky to be alive.” Speaking to Croatian television station HRT she said, “I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for ten hours. These wonderful men rescued me.” Croatian media reported that Longstaff was spotted at 9:40 a.m. local time about 1,300 meters from where she originally fell into the sea. Within a few minutes, a swimmer from the coast guard, Lieutenant Marina Delić, got her to safety. She was taken to a hospital in Pula, and is reported to be in stable condition. The captain of the rescue ship, Lovro Orešković said Longstaff was exhausted. “We were extremely happy to save a human life,” he told HRT. “I am proud of the whole crew of the ship, especially my colleague, Lieutenant Marina Delić, who swam to perform the rescue.” According to the British newspaper The Times, Longstaff works as an air hostess on private jets. She is reportedly from Gloucestershire and now lives in Spain.