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Woman Rescued After Being Stranded At Sea For 10 Hours

Woman Rescued After Being Stranded At Sea For 10 Hours

A British woman fell off the back of a Norwegian Star cruise ship on Saturday night and was rescued 10 hours later

Kay Longstaff fell off the back of Norwegian Star cruise ship late Saturday night after an argument with her boyfriend. A statement from Norwegian Cruise Line said that a guest had fallen overboard while the ship was on its way to Venice, Italy. An Italian source mentioned that the 46-year-old woman had a fight with her boyfriend and there’s speculation that she may have jumped, not fallen, overboard. 

Photo courtesy of STR—AFP/Getty Images

Photo courtesy of STR—AFP/Getty Images

Once Longstaff landed in the water, she began to tread in the 68°F water. Longstaff mentioned after the fact that her yoga training had likely aided her fitness and ability to swim and that without it she might have died in the water. In order to keep herself entertained and her body temperature warm, the brave woman decided to sing. 

Meanwhile, on the ship, her boyfriend was awoken and notified that she had gone missing and he began to frantically search the ship for her. Eventually, the news reached him that she had gone overboard. A call was dispatched to the coast guard and the water search began. 

According to sea survival expert Mike Tipton, Longstaff was lucky to have fallen into the relatively warm water. The survival time for 20°C (68°F) water is roughly 25 hours. Tipton added that “the luckiest thing was they were able to find her. It really would have been like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

Photo courtesy of STR—AFP/Getty Images

Photo courtesy of STR—AFP/Getty Images

Regardless of if Longstaff jumped or fell into the water The Sitch is happy that she was rescued and is still alive! What are your thoughts on what happened? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more news and entertaining reads. 

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