A British woman, who fell overboard from a cruise ship, has been rescued after spending ten hours treading water through the night.
On 8/19, a guest went overboard as Norwegian Star made her way to Venice. The Coast Guard was notified & a search operation ensued. The guest was found alive & has been taken ashore for treatment. We are happy that the individual is safe & will be reunited with friends & family.
— Cruise Norwegian (@CruiseNorwegian) August 19, 2018
Forty-six-year-old, Kay Longstaff, fell overboard whilst vacationing on the Norwegian Star off the coast of Croatia. She spent close to ten hours overnight in the Adriatic Sea before the Croatian Coast Guard rescued her.
“I fell of the back of the Norwegian star,” Longstaff told Croatian news outlet HRT. “I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me. I’m very lucky to be alive.”
Thank goodness the woman who fell,of the Norwegian Star is ok. But how exactly do you fall off a cruise ship? That is very scary.
— Anne McCarthy (@Aem255) August 19, 2018
According to British tabloid The Sun, Longstaff told one rescuer it helped that she was fit from doing yoga and sang to herself through the night to stop feeling cold.
Investigators are trying to determine how Longstaff fell from the ship.
A spokesperson for Norwegian, issued a statement saying, “In the morning of August 19, a guest went overboard as Norwegian Star made her way to Venice. The coast guard was notified and a search and rescue operation ensued. We are pleased to advise that the guest was found alive, is currently in stable condition, and has been taken ashore in Croatia for further treatment. We are very happy that the individual is safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family.”