Yoga fitness and singing helped Briton survive 10 hours in Adriatic

Cruise ship passenger Kay Longstaff was rescued after going overboard on Saturday

A British cruise ship passenger rescued after spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea has credited singing and her fitness through yoga with helping her to survive her ordeal.

Kay Longstaff, 46, went overboard off the coast of Croatia as the Norwegian Star stimulated its way to Venice. She remained at the naval hospital in Pula, Croatia, on Monday afternoon, although she spoke to a Croatian news channel after her rescue on Sunday and her condition is not believed to be serious.

MailOnline quoted Irena Hrstic, a spokeswoman for the hospital, as saying Longstaff was being” assessed for stress” but is” physically fine “. Hristic described her as young, healthy and sporty, adding:” She is excitedly waiting for her boyfriend to come and take her home .”

Longstaff, who lives in Benalmadena on Spain’s Costa del Sol, reportedly was previously utilized as cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic but now works on private airliners.

As she continued her recovery, an unnamed rescuer told the Sun:” She[ Longstaff] said the fact that she practises yoga helped her, as she was fit. And she said she was singing to not feel cold in the sea overnight .”

The Croatian coastguard said the Cavtat coastguard rescue ship and an aircraft launched a search at about 6.30 am local day on Sunday after Longstaff went overboard just before midnight on Saturday.

The ship’s crew spotted her in the high seas at about 9.40 am and one of the crew dived into the sea to rescue her and take her to hospital.

She was received about a mile from where she went in. David Radas, a Croatian ministry of maritime affairs spokesman, said that by checking CCTV, rescuers knew the exact moment Longstaff went overboard.

” Because they knew the time, they were able to know the exact position of the ship ,” he told the Sun.

Last year, Cruise Lines International Association, said that out of more than 24.7 million cruise passengers in 2016, there were nine overboard incidents involving passengers, or about one incident per 2.7 million passengers.

It added:” Without exception, when investigations of MOB[ human overboard] incidents are successfully concluded it is found that they were the result of an intentional or reckless act .”

The Norwegian Star was delayed amid the search and rescue operation but arrived in Venice on Sunday.

Lovro Oreskovic, captain of the Cavtat, said:” We have saved a human rights, and nothing else compares to it. Throughout the dramatic rescue action we have demonstrated to be well-trained and skilled. I am proud of the entire crew, and particularly of Ensign Marin Delic, a rescue swimmer who took the status of women, exhausted from the long hours spent in the sea, to the deck .”

Longstaff told the Croatian news channel HRT that she fell off the back of the cruise ship and was ” very lucky to be alive “.

It is understood the Foreign Office has been in contact with both the cruise line and Croatian port authorities since the rescue.

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