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British woman ‘lucky to be alive’ after falling from cruise ship and surviving 10 hours in Adriatic Sea

A British woman has said she feels lucky to be alive, having been rescued 10 hours after falling from a cruise ship into the sea off Croatia.

The 46-year-old, named Kay, had been on a Norwegian Star cruise ship, and fell into the Adriatic Sea shortly before midnight on Saturday following the incident around 60 miles off the coast.

She was exhausted when found swimming the following morning, the rescue ship’s captain Lovro Oreskovic said.

He added: “We were extremely happy for saving a human life.”
She climbed the ladder to board the Croatian Coast Guard ship Cavtat herself, after spending ten hours in the sea
She climbed the ladder to board the Croatian Coast Guard ship Cavtat herself, after spending ten hours in the sea

The rescued holidaymaker told local a TV crew: “I fell off the back of the Norweigan Star and I was in the water for ten hours”

Pointing to the coast guard, she added: “These wonderful guys rescued me. I am very lucky to be alive”
Kay pictured with her rescuers from the Croatian Coast Guard
Kay pictured with her rescuers from the Croatian Coast Guard


A search was launched, involving the Croatian Coast Guard ship the Cavtat and a PC-9 aircraft.
A spokeswoman for Norwegian Star 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.
The Croatian Coast Guard rescued the woman
The Croatian Coast Guard rescued the woman

“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.”

The woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital in the nearby town of Pula.
Croatian emergency services rescued the woman after 10 hours at sea
Croatian emergency services rescued the woman after 10 hours at sea

The British Embassy in Croatia is said to have been informed and the circumstances of the incident are under investigation.

According to the cruise line’s website, the Norwegian Star was “recently refurbished” and features “15 delicious dining options, 10 bars and lounges, a sprawling spa” and an “always

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