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British woman rescued following 10 hours in the sea after falling off cruise ship

A British woman who was rescued 10 hours after falling from a cruise ship into the sea off Croatia has said she is "very lucky to be alive".

The 46-year-old woman, named in reports as Kay Longstaff, was pulled from the Adriatic Sea on Sunday morning, having fallen from the back of the Norwegian Star as it sailed 60 miles off the Croatian coast on Saturday.

She thanked her "wonderful" rescuers as she was taken to a hospital in the Croatian town of Pula.

"I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me," she told Croatian news channel HRT. "I am very lucky to be alive."

She was exhausted when found swimming the following morning, the rescue ship's captain Lovro Oreskovic said.

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

An unnamed rescuer 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."

David Radas, Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs spokesman, said that by checking CCTV rescuers knew the exact moment Ms Longstaff fell in the water.

A spokeswoman for Norwegian Star said: "A report was made that a guest aboard Norwegian Star had gone overboard while the ship was returning to Venice.

"As soon as the report was made the ship began a search and notified the appropriate authorities. The ship will be delayed on her return to Venice."