- A British woman fell from a Norwegian Star cruise ship around midnight on Saturday while 60 miles from Pula
- She gave her name as Kay and told Croatian TV she 'fell off the back' of the ship and was in water for 10 hours
- Captain of the Croatian Coast Guard ship that saved the woman said they were 'extremely happy' to save life
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A British woman was pulled from the water in Croatia 10 hours after falling off a cruise ship into the Adriatic Sea.
The woman, who gave her name as Kay, is said to have fallen into the sea from the 965-foot liner Norwegian Star, which was around 60 miles from the shore as it headed towards Venice.
Speaking after her miraculous rescue the blonde British woman, 46, said: 'I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star, and was in the water for ten hours. Then these wonderful guys rescued me.'
The woman, who gave her name as Kay, spoke to Croatian broadcaster HRT about her ordeal, which happened around midnight between Saturday and Sunday, 60 miles from Pula on the northern Adriatic coast.
She said: 'I'm very lucky to be alive. I was sitting at the back of the deck,' before she was led into an ambulance.
A search was quickly launched with the Croatian coast guard patrol ship 'Cavtat' PC-9 sent to the woman's rescue along with a PC-9 aircraft.
The woman was found and saved some ten hours later when rescuers pulled her out of the sea and gave her emergency medical help, before being taken to a hospital in Pula.
Cavtat ship captain Lovro Oreskovic said: 'The British woman was exhausted when we pulled her out of the water. We were extremely happy for saving a human life.'
Describing it as a 'dramatic situation' he said he was proud of his crew for performing the rescue saying that 'we have shown we are well-trained'.
A Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson said: 'In the morning of August 19, a guest went overboard as Norwegian Star made her way to Venice.
'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, who is a UK resident, is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family.
'Norwegian Star will arrive in Venice at approximately 2.30pm. We are actively working to assist guests whose travel plans will be affected by the expected delay resulting from the search and rescue operation.
'Embarkation for the next sailing will begin at approximately 5pm.'
The cruise line's website says the ship was recently refurbished and travels on round trips to the Caribbean, South America, the Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal.
It is said to feature '15 delicious dining options, 10 bars and lounges, a sprawling spa, an always-exciting casino with VIP area, plus tonnes of fun for kids of every age'.