British woman who fell from cruise ship survives 10 hours in the sea “by singing”
Cruise Ship where singing in the sea helped a British woman survive for 10 hours after falling overboard from a cruise liner, she has revealed.
Kay Longstaff used technique to stay afloat and keep warm while lost and alone in pitch-black waters
Kay Longstaff plunged into the Adriatic 60 miles south of Croatia shortly before midnight on Saturday.
The 46-year-old told was left lost and alone in the pitch-black water until rescuers spotted her at 9.30am on Sunday.
She is said to have told her savior’s that yoga fitness and singing helped her stay afloat and keep warm overnight.
An unnamed source told The Sun: “She said the fact that she practices yoga helped her as she was fit. And she said she was singing to not feel cold in the sea overnight.”
Air hostess Ms Longstaff reportedly fell from an aft deck of the Norwegian Star cruise liner as it sailed for Venice from the town of Pula. She was wearing only denim shorts and a top at the time.
She told Croatian news channel HRT: “I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me…I am very lucky to be alive.”
David Radas, spokesman for the Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, said that by checking CCTV rescuers knew the exact moment Ms Longstaff fell in the water. “Because they knew the time, they were able to know the exact position of the ship,” he explained.
Lovro Oreskovic, captain of the rescue ship, Cavtat, said they were “extremely happy for saving a human life”.
Cause of the incident is being investigated by the authorities.
The incident comes a few weeks after a Filipino employee on the Norwegian Getaway, the same company that manages the Norwegian Star, crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. This man was rescued 22 hours later.
Edited by Tracy Nguyen
Source: The Independent.co.uk