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Woman falls from Cruise Ship off Croatia and ‘sings’ to survive

A woman,   a UK national, fell off a Norwegian Star cruise on Saturday and was saved after spending ten hours in the water by the Croatian Coast Guard.

"I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star," said the woman, who lives in Spain, according to her Twitter account. "I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me. I'm very lucky to be alive."

Longstaff, 46, was then led by medical personnel to an ambulance.

Lovro Orešković, the captain of the ship that rescued her, told local media that it was a "miracle" that she survived.

"On the cruise liner they thought she didn't survive," Orešković said. "She is clearly fit. She told us she does yoga, and that as she floated in the sea she sang the whole time so that her body temperature wouldn't fall, and to stay awake."

"We have saved a human life and nothing else compares to it," he said in a later statement.

No further details have been provided on how the passenger fell overboard.

The cruise ship, which can carry more than 2,200 passengers, was en route to Venice, Italy, at the time of the incident.

 

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