Mother of Norwegian Cruise Line CEO says passenger who plunged from the ship was a ‘stupid woman’ who jumped



British woman who fell from ship credits yoga and singing to survive

A British woman who fell from a ship in Croatia credits singing and yoga for the survives.

The British passenger who plunged into the sea from a Norwegian Star cruise ship in the weekend is “a stupid woman” that does not fall but leap from the deck, the mother of the cruise line’s CEO said Monday.

The mother of Andy Stuart, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines, made devastating comments to the Daily Telegraph against Kay Longstaff after the 46-year-old passenger said she, “fell off the back of the Norwegian Star” on Saturday. Longstaff was rescued Sunday morning after 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea, about 60 km off the coast of Croatia.

“She didn’t fall. She jumped. This has cost Norwegian Cruise Line $600,000. This stupid woman,” Stuart’s mother told the Daily Telegraph.

British tourist Kay Longstaff was saved by rescuers with Croatia the coast guard after a fall from a cruise ship near the Croatian coast. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Stuart’s mother, who lives in England, said she received a call from her son in Miami, Florida, complain about the Longstaff’s explanation of what happened Saturday night. She said Stuart called the former Virgin Atlantic crew member’s version of events “fake news.”

“When you think of the cost of the ship is delayed, passengers missing their connections, passengers wait to start,” the mother added. “That has all amounted to more than $600,000. If you criticize, it is very unfair.”


After she was rescued, Longstaff told Croatia news service HRT that they are “lucky to be alive.”

“I fell of the back of the Norwegian Star. I was in the water for 10 hours, so these beautiful boys saved me,” she said, according to Sky News. “I am very happy to live. I sat at the back of the deck.”

An unknown rescuer told The Sun that Longstaff credited her survival to yoga and singing.

Kay Longstaff was rescued after a fall into the sea from a cruise ship off the coast of Croatia. (Coast Guard)

“She said that the fact that they yoga helped her and she was fit. And she said that she was singing to not feel cold in the sea at night,” the rescuer told the news site.

Officials are still looking into how to Longstaff went overboard. Some passengers told The Sun that Longstaff and her partner was fighting for the incident. Others said alcohol was involved.

A source told The Sun surveillance images showed Longstaff is by himself and was not pushed.

“The images are viewed and you can clearly see she was there on her own when she fell,” the source said. “She was not pushed. The theory we are working on is that they probably jumped.”


Norwegian Cruise Lines has no comment on the statements of Stuart’s mother. The company referred to the original statement about the incident:

“In the morning of 19 August, a guest went overboard as the Norwegian Star made her way to Venice,” a spokesman for NCL said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “The coastguard was alerted and a search and rescue operation followed. We are happy to report that the guest was found in life, remains in stable condition, and is being treated in Croatia. We are very pleased that the individual, who is a resident of the united kingdom, it is now safe and soon be reunited with family and friends. We remain in contact with the guest and his / her family. We will continue to collaborate with the authorities of the investigation of this case.”

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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