Cruises are one of the most fun vacations someone can go on. You have great food, a ton of fun activities and things to do on the ship, traveling to different exotic places and spending the day at the port, and spend days at a time relaxing at the pool.
But, Kay Longstaff from the U.K. had quite a different experience.
She fell from the Norwegian Star Cruise Ship and spent more than ten hours floating in the Adriatic Sea.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) August 19, 2018
The ship was en route to Venice, Italy. Longstaff, 46, fell off the back of the ship around 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, 45 miles from the coast of Croatia.
People on the ship conducted a full-fledged search mission in the surrounding areas of where she fell, but couldn’t find anything. Croatian Coast Guard was alerted someone went overboard, and their search started at 2:17 a.m. Some 10 hours later she was spotted, rescued and rushed to the hospital in Pula, Croatia.
Lovro Orešković, captain of the ship that came to her rescue, said the crew spotted her immediately:
“Luckily for her we saw her immediately because she raised and waved her hands when she saw us.”
Dolores Brenko Skerjanc of the Croatian Port Authority mentioned that during the summer months, water temperatures are warm in the Adriatic Sea. This was a main factor for her survival:
“She spent a lot of time in the water, but the sea is now quite warm and the chances for survival are better.”
Twitter can’t help but wonder…how does one fall off a cruise ship?
Reasons for her slipping off the side of the ship are unknown. No doubt, there must be one insane story behind that.
I have been on dozens of cruises and can't figure out how anyone can ever “fall” from a huge cruise ship
— ColorMyStateRed (@ColorMeRed) August 20, 2018
— Mariam Yassin (@MariamYassin4) August 20, 2018
I know the cruise ship railings aren’t that high but you don’t just “fall off” a cruise ship
— elmira tchagop (@elmira_tchagop) August 20, 2018
But regardless, people are glad she survived and recovered from the frightening fall:
She was released from the hospital on Monday, and appears to be doing fine.
How she 'fell overboard' I have no idea, it actually isn't an easy task on board a cruise ship. However it happened though i am truly amazed she survived, a testament to self preservation and sheer luck!
— Samantha (@sam65se) August 20, 2018
That poor woman. Whatever the case may be, I admire her strength!! I wish her a speedy recovery!!
— Ally (@Ally1775) August 20, 2018
Longstaff is beyond thankful for the men of the Croatian Coast Guard who rescued her:
“I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star. I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me. I’m very lucky to be alive.”
— ABC News (@ABC) August 20, 2018
How does one survive such a fall, and survive in the sea for hours?
Longstaff said she practices yoga on a regular basis, and sang to keep herself awake.
Orešković is calling the fact that she survived miraculous:
“It is a real miracle that she is alive”
Orešković reported that the executives on the cruise didn’t think she survived. He was impressed with her impromptu survival tactics:
“On the cruise liner they thought she didn’t survive. 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.”
I now only aspire to one day having the same level of chill as Kay Longstaff pic.twitter.com/1Cu1m3MiY2
— Michael Baggs (@MichaelBaggs) August 20, 2018
She's a survivor. I would have died in 10 minutes
— Scottie (@vivahate44) August 21, 2018
10 Hours! Wonder Women!
— MAGA (@arthrocenta) August 21, 2018
Should anyone else fall off the back of a ship, implement this incredible yet unexpected survival skill: singing!