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
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.
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.
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.