A British holidaymaker was pulled alive from the sea ten hours after she fell from a cruise ship off Croatia.
Clay Barclay, who was onboard the Norwegian Star cruise vessel, posted an image to social media of the section of the boat where the woman fell over.
Lovro Oreskovic, captain of the rescue ship, said she was exhausted when she was found swimming the next morning. "I am very lucky to be alive". "The Coast Guard was notified and a search and rescue operation ensued", a spokesperson for Norwegian said in a statement.
She fell from the Norwegian Star cruise ship, about 95km (60m) off Croatia's coast shortly before midnight Saturday. She was taken to shore to be treated at hospital and will soon be reunited with her family and friends. Then these wonderful guys rescued me'.
The circumstances of the incident were being investigated and the British Embassy in Croatia was informed.
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The company said the woman went overboard as the Norwegian Star was headed to Venice.
"'Norwegian Star will arrive in Venice at approximately 2.30pm".
Of the 16 other reported "overboards" on cruise ships this year, none has been rescued.
"We are pleased to advise that the guest was found alive and is now in a stable condition", a statement from the cruise liner announced on Sunday. "We are very happy that the individual, who is a United Kingdom resident, is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family".
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