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UK woman survives 10 hours in Adriatic Sea after falling off cruise ship

A British woman was rescued Sunday after falling from a cruise ship and spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night, Croatia's coast guard said

world Updated: Aug 20, 2018 16:30 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Pula, Croatia
UK woman survives,Adriatic Sea,Cruise ship
In this photo provided by the Croatian Defence Ministry, a woman who identified herself as Kay from England, climbs aboard a Croatian Coast Guard ship some 90 kilometres from the Croatian coast. (AP Photo)

A British tourist who fell off a cruise ship near Croatia has been rescued and is safe after spending a full night in the Adriatic Sea, officials said Monday.

“I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me,” the woman, appearing in good health, told Croatia’s National Television (HRT) after her rescue on Sunday.

“I am very lucky to be alive.”

The tourist, who said she “fell of the back” of the Norwegian Star cruise ship, was found by Croatia’s Coast Guard on Sunday around 1.3 kilometres (0.8 miles) from where she went overboard, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.

The rescuers used the wind and sea currents to pinpoint her location, he added.

“We saved a human life, it is a feeling that cannot compare to anything,” the rescue ship’s captain Lovro Oreskovic said in a statement on the ministry’s website.

The British woman is interviewed by local media in front of a Croatian Coast Guard vessel in the port in Pula, Croatia. ( AP Photo )

Norwegian Cruise Line declined to comment on how the passenger went overboard.

“The guest was found alive, is currently in stable condition, and has been taken ashore in Croatia for further treatment,” the company said in a statement to AFP.

“We are very happy that the individual, who is a UK resident, is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family.”

The incident took place while the Norwegian Star was on its way to Venice, the cruise company said.

Tourism accounts for 20% of Croatia’s gross domestic product, drawing some 18 million visitors each year.

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 16:30 IST