A woman from Britain who fell from a cruise ship sang underwater to remain alive while she spent 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea, said her rescuers.
Kay Longstaff, the passenger, fell from an aft deck of the Norwegian Star cruise ship about 95km (60 miles) off Croatia’s coast late on Saturday night.
Longstaff was taken to a hospital in the city of Pula and commented she feels “very lucky” to have been rescued.
A Croatian rescue ship was harried and discovered her swimming not far from where it was believed she had tumbled.
“Luckily for her we saw her immediately because she raised and waved her hands when she saw us,” said Lovro Oreskovic, the vessel’s captain.
Captain Oreskovic noted that she informed the crew that she practices yoga and sang while floating to stay awake, however was washed-out when she was found.
Oreskovic added, “It is a real miracle that she is alive.
“On the cruiser ship they thought she is not. It’s obvious that she’s very fit.”
“I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me,” Longstaff said.
The 46-year-old, from Brighton, gave an interview to a Croatia news service saying she felt “very lucky” to have survived.
“I am very lucky to be alive. I was sitting at the back of the deck.”
The captain said she fell from the back of the cruise ship that was sailing towards Venice, Italy, shortly before 12:00am on Sunday.
The ship launched a search mission in the area of her fall, but could not find her.
She was ultimately rescued 10 hours later by the Croatian coast guard and transported to the hospital for a 24-hour exam.
David Radas, a spokesman at Croatia’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs, explained that by checking CCTV rescuers knew the exact moment Longstaff fell in the water.
Dolores Brenko Skerjanc of the Croatian port authority acknowledged that the Adriatic Sea is warm in the summer and may have contributed to the traveler’s survival.
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