British woman rescued after spending 10 hours in Adriatic Sea

Leroy Wright
August 20, 2018

The 46-year-old was said to be "exhausted" when she was pulled from the Adriatic sea by the Croatian coastguard yesterday.

She fell from the Norwegian Star cruise ship, about 95km (60m) off Croatia's coast shortly before midnight Saturday. "So these wonderful guys rescued me".

They said she was found in a good condition 1,300 metres from where she originally fell into the sea and was taken to hospital in the city of Pula by boat.

She said she had fallen off the back of the vessel and was "very lucky to be alive".

The area where she fell off could be seen blocked by a crew member and caution tape in photos taken by a fellow cruise passenger.

A search was quickly launched with the Croatian coast guard patrol ship Cavtat sent to the woman's rescue along with a PC-9 aircraft.

The woman speaks to Croatian media after her ordeal
The woman speaks to Croatian media after her ordeal

Speaking to local media, Longstaff thanked rescuers for finding her against the odds.

A Croatian rescue ship was scrambled and found her swimming Sunday morning not far from where she was believed to have fallen. "We were extremely happy for saving a human life".

In June, the Carnival Glory rescued a crewmember who went overboard from Norwegian Getaway near Cuba.

She declined to tell reporters how she fell off the Norwegian Star cruise ship or what happened in the moments just before.

Norwegian Cruise Line said the ship had been delayed amid the search and rescue operation.

"We are pleased to advise that the guest was found alive and is now in stable condition", the statement said. "We are very happy that the individual is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family", the spokesperson told N1 news.

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