Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Woman rescued 10 hours after falling from a cruise ship

Woman rescued 10 hours after falling from a cruise ship

A British woman has been rescued after falling from a cruise ship and spending 10 hours in waters off the Croatian coast.

A Croatian navy patrol ship, three civilian ships and a helicopter began searching for her at dawn yesterday after an appeal by the coastguard.

A Croatian government spokesperson said cruise ship staff would look at CCTV to find out how the British tourist had fallen into the sea.

"I am very lucky to be alive", she said.

The woman was rescued on Sunday morning by a coast guard team hours after she went missing from the Norwegian Star cruise ship in waters between Italy and Croatia.

Meanwhile, Lovro Oreskovic, the proud captain of the rescuers, said the team was "extremely happy for saving a human life".

NCL said: "The Coast Guard was notified and a search and rescue operation ensued".

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She was then led by medical personnel to an ambulance.

"I was in the water for 10 hours", she said.

The circumstances of the incident are being investigated and the British Embassy in Croatia has been informed.

According to the Norwegian Cruise Line's website, the nearly 300-metre-long Norwegian Star was only refurbished this year and can accommodate up to 2,300 passengers.

"We are pleased to advise that the guest was found alive, is now in stable condition", the cruise company said in an email to The Washington Post.

In still photographs released by Croatia's defence ministry, the woman is seen climbing on board the "Cavtat" coastguard vessel.

The cruise line's website says the ship was recently refurbished and travels on round trips to the Caribbean, South America, the Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal.

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