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A passenger who survived ten hours within the sea is a “silly lady” who will need to have jumped off the ship, the mom of the cruise line’s president has instructed the Telegraph.

Kay Longstaff, 46, an air hostess, was accused of inflicting large disruption to fellow passengers whereas costing Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) lots of of 1000’s of kilos in compensation.

Allegations surfaced on Monday suggesting Miss Longstaff had been arguing together with her boyfriend within the hours earlier than she plunged into the Adriatic Sea from the seventh deck of the liner about 75 ft above the water.

Fellow passengers expressed anger in direction of Miss Longstaff and Norwegian Cruise Line for the chaos and disruption her actions had brought about.

Many additionally advised there was no means she may have by accident fallen from the ship, insisting that the safety obstacles have been just too too excessive to topple over.

The 83-year-old mom of Andy Stuart, the cruise firm’s president and chief govt, mentioned her son had been dismayed by persevering with experiences that Miss Longstaff’s “fell” off the again of the Norwegian Star.

Kay Longstaff being rescued

Mr Stuart telephoned his mom at her house in England from his workplace in Miami, Florida, to complain about Miss Longstaff’s model of occasions, calling it ‘pretend information’.

Miss Longstaff, who moved from Cheltenham, Gloucs, to Spain in 2016, had instructed a Croatian tv information channel after being rescued: “I fell off the again of the Norwegian Star and I used to be within the water for ten hours… I used to be sitting behind the deck.”

Mr Stuart’s mom contacted the Every day Telegraph to protest that her son’s firm was being wrongly blamed for the incident.

His mom mentioned: “She didn’t fall off. She jumped. This has price Norwegian Cruise Line $600,000. This silly lady.

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“I spoke to Andrew at  lunchtime. He telephones me virtually every single day. What he mentioned was ‘that is pretend information’. He mentioned that she couldn’t have fallen. You would need to take steps to climb over the railings. He mentioned she jumped within the water.”

His mom went on: “He [Andrew] doesn’t get upset. However he’s aggravated that it has been implied that NCL was at fault. He mentioned NCL went to a whole lot of bother. They delayed the progress of the ship and despatched for the coastguard. In case you consider the price of the ship being delayed, passengers lacking their connections, passengers ready to embark. That has all amounted to greater than $600,000. Whenever you get criticism, it’s extremely unfair.”

Mr Stuart, 55, took up his position in 2015 and had been with NCL for 27 years. He earns a reported £1m a 12 months in wage.  

Based on experiences, Miss Longstaff had been caught up in a row together with her accomplice aboard the ship. He was asleep of their cabin when Miss Longstaff fell overboard at 11.45pm on Saturday evening. It’s understood that CCTV footage captured the incident and has established that no third social gathering was concerned.

Daniel Punch, who works on the Norwegian Star in promotions, posted on Fb in accordance with experiences: “She didn’t fall, she jumped. It was on my ship. I spoke [to her] all through the entire week. She was arguing together with her fella the entire time.”

Miss Longstaff was discovered by Croatian coastguard at 9.45am on Sunday and brought to hospital for therapy within the Croatian resort of Pula. She mentioned her yoga health and singing helped her to outlive.

As she was launched from hospital yesterday into the care of her accomplice, Italian sources advised she had argued together with her accomplice earlier than he went again to his cabin and left her on the deck.

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“The footage has been seen and you’ll clearly see she was there on her personal when she fell,” a supply instructed SunOnline.

“She was not pushed. The idea we’re engaged on is that she probably jumped.”

Kay Longstaff with Craig Rayment

Irena Hrstic, director of Pula’s Metropolis Hospital, mentioned Ms Longstaff had refused to launch a press release as a result of she “can’t perceive why there’s a lot curiosity for her”.

David Radas, spokesman for Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, mentioned its investigation was persevering with. On Sunday evening, Mr Radas mentioned that CCTV photographs had “left a suspicion whether or not it was a soar or a falling off”.

Miss Longstaff has posted pictures of herself on the Costa del Sol in Spain with Craig Rayment, an electrician, who she was relationship as not too long ago as June 15. It’s not clear if Mr Rayment was on the cruise together with her and he declined to remark yesterday. “I’m not thinking about speaking,” he mentioned.

Miss Longstaff’s father Ron Longstaff, 76, a retired chief superintendent with West Midlands Police, mentioned he had no thought how his daughter had ended up within the sea. “She was actually fortunate. I’m making an attempt to work out what occurred,” mentioned Mr Longstaff.

Miss Longstaff after her rescue

Bethany Joyce, 21, from Lengthy Island, who was on board together with her mother and father, mentioned her mom deliberate to say compensation as that they had been compelled to spend an additional two nights in Venice earlier than the following obtainable flight house.

She instructed the Telegraph: “The cruise line was very unhelpful with serving to us rebook journey plans. The one factor they gave us was 15 minutes of free WiFi to try to rebook journey preparations.

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“Disembarkation was additionally a large number. We needed to sit round for hours simply ready for imprecise directions.”

Passengers mentioned they arrived in Venice at round 2.30pm on Sunday however didn’t disembark till 5.30pm.

Scott Bailey, a businessman from Derby, wrote on Twitter: “Simply upsets me that she is there smiling away and loving the publicity saying she ‘fell’.

“The one means you would get off the ship is by climbing over the protecting obstacles after which leaping. Somebody we spoke to mentioned that they had seen her crying earlier on.”

One other passenger, who referred to as himself Eddiepal, additionally complained that he had missed his flights house to Boston which means his vacation had a “rotten ending”.

Responding to options that Miss Longstaff had someway slipped into the water, he mentioned “Subsequent to not possible…take it from somebody on board….”

He accused the cruise line of mistreating passengers and leaving them stranded in Venice for a number of hours.

NCL didn’t reply to requests for touch upon passengers’ complaints. Mr Stuart declined to touch upon the contents of the decision together with his mom or the incident whereas an investigation remained ongoing.

A former passenger wrote on-line: “I used to be on the Star not too long ago and spent fairly a very long time on that Deck 7 Aft space.. and if this woman departed the ship there it was positively not an unintended fall. There aren’t any chairs and the aspect rails are rather more than waist excessive.”

Miss Longstaff is believed to have labored for British Airways for some years earlier than working as a flight attendant with a non-public jet firm.

She give up the UK to reside in Spain in June 2016 posting {a photograph} on social media, captioned: “My new life.”


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