By Cailey Rizzo
August 20, 2018

The Croatian Coast Guard rescued a cruise ship passenger who had fallen overboard and spent 10 hours treading water in the Adriatic Sea.

“I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star,” Kay Longstaff told Croatian news outlet HRT. “I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me. I'm very lucky to be alive.”

The cruise ship set sail from Dubrovnik and was en route to Venice on Sunday when Longstaff fell off the ship around midnight. In the early hours of Sunday morning, crew turned the ship around and used surveillance video to locate where Longstaff had fallen offboard. She was rescued by the coast guard shortly before 10 a.m.

“The Coast Guard was notified and a search-and-rescue operation ensued,” a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Lines said in a statement. “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 is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family.”

British tourist Kay Longstaff (C) exits Croatias coast guard ship in Pula, on August 19, 2018, which saved her after falling off a cruise ship near Croatian coast.
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Longstaff said she stayed alive by floating and singing out loud to keep herself awake.

It is unclear how Longstaff fell overboard. Fellow passengers on the ship told The Sun that Longstaff jumped off the ship after arguing with her partner earlier that day. The incident is still under investigation.