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British air stewardess who fell off cruise ship says yoga and singing helped her survive 10 hours in sea

British air stewardess who fell off cruise ship says yoga and singing helped her survive 10 hours in seaA British air stewardess who fell from the back of a cruise ship has said her yoga fitness and singing helped her to survive 10 hours in the sea. Kay Longstaff, 46, was pulled from the Adriatic Sea on Sunday morning, having plunged from the Norwegian Star as it sailed 60 miles off the Croatian coast on Saturday. The tourist said she is "lucky to be alive" and thanked her "wonderful" rescuers as she was taken to a hospital in the Croatian town of Pula. Rescuers said Ms Longstaff, believed to be a former Virgin Atlantic cabin crew member who now works on private planes, was exhausted but she had recovered by the time they took her ashore. "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," an unnamed rescuer told The Sun. Kay Longstaff is escorted by rescuers from a Croatian Coast Guard vessel Credit: AP Ms Longstaff was found swimming less than a mile from the point where she disappeared from the Norwegian Star as it made its way to Venice.  She looked relaxed and happy, wearing a T-shirt tied in a knot and blue denim shorts as she reached the Croatian city of Pula on Sunday morning. Kay Longstaff appeared relaxed and happy as she reached the Croatian city of Pula Credit: STR/AFP  It is not clear how Ms Longstaff came to be in the water, but said she "fell off the back" of the ship.  She told waiting reporters: "I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for about 10 hours. These wonderful guys rescued me." Ms Longstaff said she was sitting at the back of the deck before the incident happened, adding: "I am very lucky to be alive".  Kay Longstaff climbs a ladder unaided after spending ten hours in the sea She is helped aboard the Croatian Coast Guard ship Cavtat  The moment Kay Longstaff is taken to safety by members of the Croatian Coast Guard  She is believed to have fallen into the Adriatic from the seventh deck of the 965ft cruise liner just before midnight on Saturday around 60 miles south of Pula.  The ship alerted the authorities who dispatched the Croatian Coast Guard patrol ship Cavtat and a PC-9 search plane to search for her throughout the night. Three other ships were also involved.  She was eventually found at around 9.30am on Sunday swimming less than a mile from where she disappeared. The rescue ship's captain Lovro Oreskovic said: "The British woman was exhausted when we pulled her out of the water. "We were extremely happy for saving a human life." Kay Longstaff, a British air hostess, was on holiday on a Greek island tour Credit: Twitter Mr Oreskovic said he was proud of his crew, particularly rescue swimmer Lieutenant Colonel Marina Delić who had pulled her from the water.  It is understood that Ms Longstaff has now been released from hospital and is due to be reunited with her family.  Ms Longstaff is believed to now live on the Costa del Sol, in southern Spain. Kay Longstaff is an air hostess believed to now work on private planes Credit: Facebook David Radas, a spokesman from Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, told The Telegraph: "After they found her the rescued woman was not injured, just exhausted, hypothermical and in shock.  "When they reached the coast she felt pretty much recovered. That was also confirmed the hospital staff after they conducted preliminary health check." He said that by checking CCTV rescuers knew the exact moment Ms Longstaff fell in the water. Mr Radas said: "Because they knew the time, they were able to know the exact position of the ship." Kay Longstaff is pictured with her rescuers from the Croatian Coast Guard A Norwegian Star spokeswoman said: "We are pleased to advise that the guest was found alive, is currently in stable condition, and has been taken ashore in Croatia for further treatment.  "We are very happy that the individual, who is a UK resident, is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family." An official at the hospital where she was taken confirmed: "The British woman was brought to the hospital and her life is not endangered." Staff at the cruise liner are said to be examining the CCTV cameras to try an establish exactly what happened to the woman.  British woman rescued from Adriatic Sea The Norwegian Star was sailing from Vargarola to Venice when the incident happened. The ship had been on a seven-night Greek Island tour which began in Venice and stopped in Kotor in Montenegro and several ports in Greece.  It returned to Venice around five hours late, with passengers waiting to board complaining of the delay.  The ship has recently been refurbished and boasts on board 15 restaurants, 10 bars, a spa and a casino.  It is understood that the Foreign Office has been informed of the incident.  The Norwegian Star cruise ship had recently been refurbished Credit: Danita Delimont/Alamy Experts say that more than 300 people have fallen overboard on cruises since 2000.



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Cruise ship survivor plucked out of sea 'a stupid woman' says mother of liner's boss

Cruise ship survivor plucked out of sea 'a stupid woman' says mother of liner's bossA passenger who survived ten hours in the sea is a “stupid woman” who must have jumped off the ship, the mother of the cruise line’s president has told the Telegraph. Kay Longstaff, 46, an air hostess, was accused of causing massive disruption to fellow passengers while costing Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation. Allegations surfaced on Monday suggesting Miss Longstaff had been arguing with her boyfriend in the hours before she plunged into the Adriatic Sea from the seventh deck of the liner about 75 ft above the water. Fellow passengers expressed anger towards Miss Longstaff and Norwegian Cruise Line for the chaos and disruption her actions had caused. Many also suggested there was no way she could have accidentally fallen from the ship, insisting that the security barriers were simply too too high to topple over. The 83-year-old mother of Andy Stuart, the cruise company’s president and chief executive, said her son had been dismayed by continuing reports that Miss Longstaff’s “fell” off the back of the Norwegian Star. Kay Longstaff being rescued Mr Stuart telephoned his mother at her home in England from his office in Miami, Florida, to complain about Miss Longstaff’s version of events, calling it ‘fake news’. Miss Longstaff, who moved from Cheltenham, Gloucs, to Spain in 2016, had told a Croatian television news channel after being rescued: “I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for ten hours… I was sitting at the back of the deck.” Where Kay Longstaff went overboard Mr Stuart's mother contacted the Daily Telegraph to protest that her son’s company was being wrongly blamed for the incident. His mother said: “She didn’t fall off. She jumped. This has cost Norwegian Cruise Line $ 600,000. This stupid woman. “I spoke to Andrew at  lunchtime. He phones me almost every day. What he said was ‘this is fake news’. He said that she couldn’t have fallen. You would have to take steps to climb over the railings. He said she jumped in the water.” Norwegian Star His mother went on: “He [Andrew] doesn’t get upset. But he is annoyed that it has been implied that NCL was at fault. He said NCL went to a lot of trouble. They delayed the progress of the ship and sent for the coastguard. If you think of the cost of the ship being delayed, passengers missing their connections, passengers waiting to embark. That has all amounted to more than $ 600,000. When you get criticism, it is highly unfair.” Mr Stuart, 55, took up his role in 2015 and had been with NCL for 27 years. He earns a reported £1m a year in salary.   Kay Longstaff falls overboard – Timeline of events According to reports, Miss Longstaff had been caught up in a row with her partner aboard the ship. He was asleep in their cabin when Miss Longstaff fell overboard at 11.45pm on Saturday night. It is understood that CCTV footage captured the incident and has established that no third party was involved. Daniel Punch, who works on the Norwegian Star in promotions, posted on Facebook according to reports: “She didn’t fall, she jumped. It was on my ship. I spoke [to her] throughout the whole week. She was arguing with her fella the whole time.” Miss Longstaff was found by Croatian coastguard at 9.45am on Sunday and taken to hospital for treatment in the Croatian resort of Pula. She said her yoga fitness and singing helped her to survive. Andy Stuart As she was released from hospital yesterday into the care of her partner, Italian sources suggested she had argued with her partner before he went back to his cabin and left her on the deck. "The footage has been viewed and you can clearly see she was there on her own when she fell,” a source told SunOnline. “She was not pushed. The theory we are working on is that she most likely jumped.” Kay Longstaff with Craig Rayment Irena Hrstic, director of Pula’s City Hospital, said Ms Longstaff had refused to release a statement because she “can’t understand why there is so much interest for her”. David Radas, spokesman for Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, said its investigation was continuing. On Sunday night, Mr Radas said that CCTV images had “left a suspicion whether it was a jump or a falling off”. Miss Longstaff has posted photographs of herself on the Costa del Sol in Spain with Craig Rayment, an electrician, who she was dating as recently as June 15. It is not clear if Mr Rayment was on the cruise with her and he declined to comment yesterday. “I’m not interested in talking,” he said. Miss Longstaff’s father Ron Longstaff, 76, a retired chief superintendent with West Midlands Police, said he had no idea how his daughter had ended up in the sea. “She was certainly lucky. I am trying to work out what happened,” said Mr Longstaff. Miss Longstaff after her rescue Bethany Joyce, 21, from Long Island, who was on board with her parents, said her mother planned to claim compensation as they had been forced to spend an extra two nights in Venice before the next available flight home. She told the Telegraph: “The cruise line was very unhelpful with helping us rebook travel plans. The only thing they gave us was 15 minutes of free WiFi to try and rebook travel arrangements. “Disembarkation was also a mess. We had to sit around for hours just waiting for vague instructions.” Passengers said they arrived in Venice at around 2.30pm on Sunday but did not disembark until 5.30pm. Miss Longstaff Scott Bailey, a businessman from Derby, wrote on Twitter: “Just upsets me that she is there smiling away and loving the publicity saying she ‘fell’. “The only way you could get off the ship is by climbing over the protective barriers and then jumping. Someone we spoke to said they had seen her crying earlier on.” Another passenger, who called himself Eddiepal, also complained that he had missed his flights home to Boston meaning his holiday had a “rotten ending”. Responding to suggestions that Miss Longstaff had somehow slipped into the water, he said “Next to impossible…take it from someone on board….” He accused the cruise line of mistreating passengers and leaving them stranded in Venice for several hours. NCL did not respond to requests for comment on passengers' complaints. Mr Stuart declined to comment on the contents of the call with his mother or the incident while an investigation remained ongoing. A former passenger wrote online: “I was on the Star recently and spent quite a long time on that Deck 7 Aft area.. and if this lady departed the ship there it was definitely not an accidental fall. There are no chairs and the side rails are much more than waist high.” Miss Longstaff is thought to have worked for British Airways for some years before working as a flight attendant with a private jet company. She quit the UK to live in Spain in June 2016 posting a photograph on social media, captioned: “My new life.”



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