She survived after 10 hours in the open sea

British woman has survived after falling into the water from a cruise ship off the coast of Croatia. He fell into the sea, she had spent in the water 10 hours.

She survived after 10 hours in the open sea

46-year-old woman was in 96 kilometers from the shore, when she was rescued and taken to hospital. Details of her remarkable salvation is still being discussed in the media, but it can help you stay alive in such a situation?

Water temperature

In this case, there were several factors happy that helped Kay Longstaff survive.

Offshore Survival instructor Simon Jinks says that she was very lucky, because it could easily tighten under the liner.

She was lucky and the water temperature - it was even a little warmer than the swimming pool.

A person can hold about an hour in water at 5 ℃, two o'clock - 10 o'clock and six ℃ - 15 ℃, and maintained at 20 ℃ or more, it can be stored in water for about 25 hours.


The best way to slow down the rate at which your body cools down - do not swim, raking his hands and feet, and a float as a float.

Calm seas, no current helped Kay Longstaff stay where she fell into the water and where it is eventually found.

If the sea were waves, and she would have to fight, it would inevitably have drowned them.

In the first few minutes in water, clothing and shoes to improve the buoyancy of a person because they trap air. In this case, again, it is very important not to row active hands and feet, and lie quietly on the water surface. Anything that helps you to stay on the water, increases your chances of survival.

Good advice for all who are in the water and does not know how much will have to wait for help - to see if there are any near any floating object, and if any grasp and cling to him.


It is important that assistance arrived, on time.

In our case, the people who were on board, noticed the absence of women and used video surveillance system enabling the vessel to determine the time when she disappeared and, consequently, its likely location.

Searches and human detection, fell into the sea, a very difficult thing, especially at night, because of the vast sea surface is necessary to miraculously see the little head sticking out of the water.

Women are more floating

The fact that women have a higher proportion of fat in the body - usually 10% more than men - may work in their favor. Extra fat also helps to keep warm, which is important in an environment where the human body gets tired in the water.

Keep calm

To survive such a test, you have to be mentally stable.

As Kay Longstaff told rescuers she sang songs at night to keep warm.

Crucial desire to survive. If you find yourself in this situation, it is better not to give myself to panic and say to yourself: "I'm not going to die today," it can increase your chances of survival.

Use of alcohol

There is no evidence that Kay Longstaff drinking alcohol and this was the reason that she fell overboard.

It is clear that no one will advise you to go for a swim in the sea in a state of alcoholic intoxication. Alcohol can interfere with decision-making in emergency situations.

Who was the longest at sea and survived?

Jose Alvarenga of El Salvador spent 440 days drifting across the Pacific Ocean, it has not yet been found in the Marshall Islands, emaciated and in a torn underwear.

Poon Lim, a Chinese sailor during World War II, has set the record for the long-term survival of the liferaft. He spent 133 days alone in the Atlantic Ocean.

In 2006, a Mexican hunter sharks Jesús Vidal and his team have spent 270 days in the Pacific until they were saved by a fishing boat from Taiwan.

In 1982, the American yachtsman Steven Callahan was drifting 76 days in the Atlantic Ocean liferaft after the whale rammed the hull of his sloop.