A British woman literally became lost at sea for at least 10 hours, after falling from a cruise ship yesterday, presumably unknown to anyone.
The ship, Norwegian Star, was travelling across the Adriatic Sea, sailing 60 miles off the Croatian coast to Venice yesterday morning.
During the course of its journey, Kay Longstaff fell from the back of the deck where she was seated.
She was not rescued until some ten hours later, and had reportedly told her rescuers that it was yoga fitness and singing which aided in her survival.
The 46-year-old woman expressed great thanks to her “wonderful” rescuers, saying that she was very lucky to be alive.
“I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for ten hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me”, she said. “I am very lucky to be alive … I was sitting at the back of the deck.”
An anonymous member of the rescue crew told the media, “She said the fact that she practices yoga helped her as she was fit. And she said she was singing to not feel cold in the sea overnight.” Lovro Oreskovic, captain of the Cavtat rescue ship, explained that they were “extremely happy for saving a human life”.
Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs spokesman, David Radas, added that by checking CCTV, the rescuers knew the exact moment Ms. Longstaff fell in the water.
“Because they knew the time, they were able to know the exact position of the ship,” he said.
In their defence, The Norwegian Cruise Line said that the ship had been delayed amid the search and rescue operation.
The spokeswoman said: “We are very happy that the individual, who is a UK resident, is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family.”
Ms. Longstaff is now receiving medical attention in a hospital in the Croatian town of Pula.