The father of a British woman who spent 10 hours in the sea after falling from the back of a cruise liner said he is "trying to get to the bottom" of how his daughter fell from the ship.
Passenger Kay Longstaff, 46, ‘tumbled’ off the back of the Norwegian Star on Saturday, while cruising 60 miles off the Croatian coast en route to Venice.
Air hostess Kay then survived 10 hours adrift in the Adriatic Sea, claiming yoga and singing helped her stay alive.
Now, her father Ron Longstaff said he is watching the news about the bizarre incident while trying to understand what happened onboard.
Asked about whether his daughter had been going through a distressing period recently, Mr Longstaff said: "That’s rubbish. I was sitting in the sun with her a few weeks ago."
Speaking on the doorstep of his home in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, he added: "I’m watching the news and trying to get to the bottom of what happened."
Following her rescue, Ms Longstaff said she felt "very lucky" to have survived the ordeal and thanked her "wonderful" rescuers as she was taken to a hospital in the Croatian town of Pula.
She told Croatian news channel HRT: "I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me."
Ms Longstaff added: "I am very lucky to be alive. I was sitting at the back of the deck."
She is reported to have told a rescuer that her fitness from yoga and singing helped her survive for so long in the water.
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David Radas, Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs spokesman, said that by checking CCTV rescuers knew the exact moment Ms Longstaff fell in the water.
"Because they knew the time, they were able to know the exact position of the ship," he told The Sun.
Andy Harmer, the UK and Ireland director of the Cruise Lines International Association, said cruise holidays were "one of the safest forms of travel".
He added: "There are no known cases of someone acting responsibly who has accidentally fallen over the railing of a cruise ship."
Lovro Oreskovic, captain of the Cavtat Coast Guard rescue ship, said they were "extremely happy for saving a human life".
The Croatian Coast Guard said the ship and an aircraft launched a search at around 6.30am local time on Sunday after Ms Longstaff fell just before midnight on Saturday.
The ship’s crew spotted her in the sea at around 9.40am and one of the crew dived in the sea to haul her out and take her to hospital.
She was found around a mile from where she fell.
Norwegian Cruise Line said the ship had been delayed amid the search and rescue operation.
A spokeswoman said: "We are very happy that the individual, who is a UK resident, is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family."
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