Pula:Â A British tourist who fell off a cruise ship near Croatia has been rescued and is safe after spending a full night in the Adriatic Sea, officials said Monday.
âI was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me,â the woman, appearing in good health, told Croatiaâs National Television (HRT) after her rescue on Sunday.
âI am very lucky to be alive.â
The tourist, who said she âfell of the backâ of the Norwegian Star cruise ship, was found by Croatiaâs Coast Guard on Sunday around 1.3 kilometres (0.8 miles) from where she went overboard, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.
The rescuers used the wind and sea currents to pinpoint her location, he added.
âWe saved a human life, it is a feeling that cannot compare to anything,â the rescue shipâs captain Lovro Oreskovic said in a statement on the ministryâs website.
Norwegian Cruise Line declined to comment on how the passenger went overboard.
âThe guest was found alive, is currently in stable condition, and has been taken ashore in Croatia for further treatment,â the company said in a statement to AFP.
âWe are very happy that the individual, who is a UK resident, is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family.â
The incident took place while the Norwegian Star was on its way to Venice, the cruise company said.
Tourism accounts for 20 per centÂ of Croatiaâs gross domestic product, drawing some 18 million visitors each year.