British woman rescued after spending 10 hours in Adriatic Sea

The woman fell off the boat of the coast of Pula in Croatia

Image The woman fell off the boat of the coast of Pula in Croatia

A British holidaymaker who fell off the back of a cruise ship into the Adriatic Sea said she's lucky to be alive after she managed to survive 10 hours in open water.

She fell from a Norwegian Star cruise ship (stock picture) at around midnight on Saturday.

She has been taken to hospital and is believed to be in a stable condition.

"The ship will be delayed on her return to Venice".

"I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star", she told HRT.

She was then led by medical personnel to an ambulance.

"The British woman was exhausted when we pulled her out of the water", ship captain Lovro Oreskovic said, according to a Croatian navy news release. "I am very lucky to be alive".

"We saved a human life, it is a feeling that can not compare to anything", the rescue ship's captain Lovro Oreskovic said in a statement on the ministry's website. "So these wonderful guys rescued me".

A British cruise passenger was rescued after falling into the sea from a cruise ship off the coast of Croatia.

A Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson told MailOnline: 'In the morning of August 19, a guest went overboard as Norwegian Star made her way to Venice.

They also notified the Croatian navy and coast guard.

In still photographs released by Croatia's defence ministry, the woman is seen climbing on board the "Cavtat" coastguard vessel.

Croatian authorities will now examine Norwegian Star CCTV footage of the fall.

"We are pleased to advise that the guest was found alive and is now in stable condition", the statement said.

"We were extremely happy for saving a human life", he said.

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