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UK woman rescued 10 hours after falling off ship into Adriatic Sea

The file photo of a cruiser in the Adriatic Sea

A British woman has been rescued from the sea after falling from a cruise liner and spending 10 hours overnight in waters of the Adriatic Sea.

The woman fell from the Norwegian Star cruiser into the Adriatic at around midnight Croatian time (2200 GMT) on Saturday, according to a statement released by the Croatian Defense ministry.

She was found in the early hours of Sunday in a healthy condition 1,300 meters from where she had originally fallen into the sea.

“I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me,” Kay Longstaff, 46, told a reporter from the HRT news agency after stepping off a Croatian coastguard boat.

She added that she was “very lucky to be alive.” 

Kay Longstaff is seen with her rescuers on the Croatian coastguard vessel.

Longstaff was then taken by boat to a hospital in the town of Pula for further medical examinations.

It is still unclear why she fell into the water as she was sitting at the back of the deck of the Norwegian Star.

The ship had been on a seven-night tour and was sailing from Vargarola to Venice when the incident happened.

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