"To be alone, to it is in in the middle of the sea and also keep hanging ~ above there because that 10 hrs — she need to have had a many she wanted to live for."

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A cruise ship passenger who was rescued from the Adriatic Sea 10 hours after fall overboard is in “excellent condition,” a medical professional said Monday.

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The 46-year-old British woman is “very healthy,” Irena Hristic, manager of the Pula Clinic in Croatia, called reporters.


“Probably that"s the only way she survived,” the physician added. “She"s quite lady. A healthy lady."

The rescued passenger, who identified herself to reporters as Kay, dropped from the rear deck of the Norwegian Star together it cruised from Dubrovnik to Venice.

The crew the the delivery turned the vessel around and also used surveillance video to pinpoint wherein the woman gone into the water — at about midnight top top Saturday night, 60 mile offshore.


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However, Hristic stated the relatively warm waters of the Adriatic Sea, between Italy and also Croatia, most likely prevented the start of hypothermia.


“She doesn"t have any bad injuries on she body,” the physician said. “I"m also surprised the after 10 hrs she is feather so an excellent and the she"s in … excellent condition."

As the mrs stepped off a Croatian rescue boat Sunday, she told neighborhood broadcaster HRT that she dropped from the cruise ship.


“I remained in the water because that 10 hours, so these wonderful men rescued me,” she said, adding, “I am really lucky to it is in alive.”


The rescue boat captain, Lovro Oreskovic, described her as exhausted. "We were very happy for saving a human being life," that said.

Lynne Cox, a long-distance swimmer and also author the "Open Water swim Manual: an Expert"s Survival guide for Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers," said that gift able come relax and also gently tread water is an important to surviving a lengthy stretch in open water.

“If you room in going to execute a long or cold swim, you must feed along the way,” Cox said.

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But probably the most necessary to element to making it through 10 hours is believing that you can, Cox said.


“Her resolve must be yes, really substantial,” she said. “To be that far, to it is in alone, to it is in in the middle of the sea and also keep hanging top top there because that 10 hrs — she must have had a lot of she want to live for.”

In a statement, Norwegian Cruise line said: “We are really happy the the individual, who is a U.K. Resident, is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and also family.”