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Sunday, 19 August 2018

British woman who 'fell off' a cruise ship is rescued after TEN HOURS in the Adriatic Sea: Incredible survival story of 46-year-old passenger who says she accidentally went overboard off Croatia

  • 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
  • Do you know the woman or did you see what happened? Get in touch - tim.stickings@mailonline.co.uk
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.'
A British woman who was pulled from the water 10 hours after she fell from a cruise ship has spoken about her miraculous rescue
A British woman who was pulled from the water 10 hours after she fell from a cruise ship has spoken about her miraculous rescue
She is believed to have fallen at around midnight on Saturday while some 60 miles south from Pula, Croatia 
She is believed to have fallen at around midnight on Saturday while some 60 miles south from Pula, Croatia 
The woman (pictured sat with her rescuers) said 'I fell of the back of the back of the Norwegian Star, and was in the water for ten hours. Then these wonderful guys rescued me' in a TV interview
The woman (pictured sat with her rescuers) said 'I fell of the back of the back of the Norwegian Star, and was in the water for ten hours. Then these wonderful guys rescued me' in a TV interview
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 British woman was on a cruise ship when she fell into the water and was pulled to safety some 10 hours later 
The British woman was on a cruise ship when she fell into the water and was pulled to safety some 10 hours later 
A search was quickly launched using the Croatian Coast Guard patrol ship 'Cavtat' and an airplane PC-9 to look for the missing woman in the water
A search was quickly launched using the Croatian Coast Guard patrol ship 'Cavtat' and an airplane PC-9 to look for the missing woman in the water
Rescue services at the scene after the British woman, who has not yet been named, spent more than 10 hours in the water 
Rescue services at the scene after the British woman, who has not yet been named, spent more than 10 hours in the water 
The woman, who has not been named, is said to have fallen at around midnight between Saturday and Sunday, some 60 miles southern from Pula (stock picture of Pula, Croatia)
The woman, who has not been named, is said to have fallen at around midnight between Saturday and Sunday, some 60 miles southern from Pula (stock picture of Pula, Croatia)
'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'.  

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