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Woman dropped from the cruise ship after pedaling water for 10 hours on the sea



A British woman was dragged out of the Adriatic on Sunday after falling off a cruise ship and treading water for ten hours.

The woman was on Norwegian Star near Croatia when, according to the shipping company, she fell overboard.

"On the morning of August 19, a guest went overboard when Norwegian Star made her way to Venice, and the Coast Guard was notified and a search and rescue operation followed," a Norwegian spokesman said in a statement. "We are pleased to announce that the guest was found alive, in stable condition and landed in Croatia for further treatment, and we are very happy that the person living in the UK is now safe be reunited with friends and family. "

David Radas, a spokesman for the Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, said CCTV footage showed she was disembarking at 1

1:30. on Saturday, and she was rescued on Sunday at 9:45.

  A British woman was rescued from the coast of Croatia on Sunday, 19 August 2018, after she crashed from a cruise ship. Reuters
A British woman was rescued from the coast of Croatia on Sunday. August 19, 2018, after she was overthrown by a cruise ship

The 46-year-old woman, whose name ABC News affirmed as Kay Longstaff, told the Croatian television station HRT in a brief interview after the Coast Guard had brought her back to shore on the quarterdeck was when she fell.

"I fell off the back of the Norwegian star and I was in the water for 10 hours," she said. "So these wonderful guys saved me, I'm very happy to be alive."

Longstaff is still in the hospital, but is expected to be released Monday as the family arrives.

  Clay Barclay, a Norwegian Star passenger from Alabama, shared a photo of the place where a woman fell off her boat on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Clay Barclay
Clay Barclay, a passenger on the Norwegian Star in Alabama, shared a photo of the spot where a woman fell off the ship on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Reuters video showed Longstaff being ripped from the Adriatic by the Coast Guard boat by ladder.

The incident occurred between Pula on the Croatian mainland and Mali Losinj, an island in the Adriatic, which according to Rada is part of Croatia. The Adriatic Sea lies between the eastern coast of Italy and Croatia. Longstaff was lucky that the water was calm and the temperature of the water was 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

The area where she was dropped could be observed by a crew member and a tape on photos of a passenger.

  A British woman was rescued from the coast of Croatia on Sunday, 19 August 2018, after she crashed from a cruise ship. Reuters
A British woman was rescued from the coast of Croatia on Sunday. August 19, 2018, after falling from a cruise ship

It is not clear how or why it fell from the stern of the ship or how high it is.

The Norwegian star arrived at his port in Venice on Sunday afternoon – without Longstaff – and traveled to the next stop 2 1/2 hours later.

ABC News & # 39; Amanda Maile has contributed to this report.


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