Kay Longstaff, a British woman who lives in Spain, was saved by the Croatian Coast Guard after spending nearly 10 hours treading water overnight in the Adriatic Sea.
“I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star. I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me. I’m very lucky to be alive.“
Lovro Orešković, the captain of the ship that rescued her, told local media that it was a “miracle” that she survived.
“On the cruise liner they thought she didn’t survive. She is clearly fit. She told us she does yoga, and that as she floated in the sea she sang the whole time so that her body temperature wouldn’t fall, and to stay awake.“
Norwegian Cruise Lines spokesperson said,
“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 now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family.“
It’s still unclear how she went overboard.
(Photos, screen grabs, Croation Coast Guard; via CNN)