British tourist rescued 10 hours after falling from cruise ship in Croatia

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A British woman who fell from a cruise ship in the Adriatic Sea was rescued after 10 hours in the water, authorities and the passenger said Sunday.

Clay Barclay, who was onboard the Norwegian Star cruise vessel, posted an image to social media of the section of the boat where the woman fell over.

The 46-year-old woman, whose name ABC News confirmed as Kay Longstaff, told Croatian TV station HRT in a brief interview after the coast guard returned her to shore, that she was on the back deck when she fell off.

She was found alive the next morning, floating some 95 kilometres off the coast of Croatia. Then these wonderful guys rescued me'.

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An unnamed rescuer told The Sun: "She said the fact that she practices yoga helped her as she was fit".

Norwegian Star is now on a 7-day Meditteranean cruise which departed Venice, Italy on August 12. "And she said she was singing to not feel cold in the sea overnight".

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.

Lovro Oreskovic, captain of the Cavtat rescue ship, said they were "extremely happy for saving a human life".

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In June, the Carnival Glory rescued a crewmember who went overboard from Norwegian Getaway near Cuba.

Describing it as a "dramatic situation", he said he was proud of his crew for performing the rescue saying that "we have shown we are well-trained". "I was sitting at the back of the deck", before she was led into an ambulance.

MailOnline quoted Irena Hrstić, a spokeswoman for the hospital, as saying Longstaff was being "assessed for stress" but is "physically fine".

Falling off a cruise ship - known as man overboard - is rare.

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Express.co.uk has contacted Norwegian Cruise Line for further comment.

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