Woman miraculously survives plunge off cruise ship


A British woman was rescued from the sea on Sunday after falling from a cruise ship off the coast of Croatia and being stranded in the water for 10 hours.

A British woman was rescued off the coast of Croatia on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, after she fell off a cruise ship.

Norwegian Cruise Line said the ship had been delayed amid the search and rescue operation.

She fell from the Norwegian Star cruise ship, about 60 miles (97km) off Croatia's coast shortly before midnight on Saturday as the vessel was making its way to Venice.

Mr Walker, based in Miami, Florida, said he believed that the Norwegian Star, which is owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), had abandoned the search and was continuing its course to Venice when the woman was rescued.

He added: 'We were extremely happy for saving a human life'.

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A search was quickly launched and the Croatian Coast Guard patrol ship "Cavtat" and an airplane PC-9 were engaged.

The circumstances of the incident are being investigated and the British embassy in Croatia was informed.

"We are pleased to advise that the guest was found alive, is now in stable condition and has been taken ashore in Croatia for further treatment".

They found her more than ten hours later and pulled her from the sea.

The 46-year-old said she felt "very lucky" to have survived the ordeal and thanked her "wonderful" rescuers as she was taken to a hospital in the Croatian town of Pula. However, the incident caused a considerable delay to the schedule and didn't see the ship dock in Italy until 2.30pm.