Cruise ship survivor plucked out of sea 'a stupid woman' says mother of liner's boss

Cruise ship survivor plucked out of sea 'a stupid woman' says mother of liner's bossA passenger who survived ten hours in the sea is a “stupid woman” who must have jumped off the ship, the mother of the cruise line’s president has told the Telegraph. Kay Longstaff, 46, an air hostess, was accused of causing massive disruption to fellow passengers while costing Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation. Allegations surfaced on Monday suggesting Miss Longstaff had been arguing with her boyfriend in the hours before she plunged into the Adriatic Sea from the seventh deck of the liner about 75 ft above the water. Fellow passengers expressed anger towards Miss Longstaff and Norwegian Cruise Line for the chaos and disruption her actions had caused. Many also suggested there was no way she could have accidentally fallen from the ship, insisting that the security barriers were simply too too high to topple over. The 83-year-old mother of Andy Stuart, the cruise company’s president and chief executive, said her son had been dismayed by continuing reports that Miss Longstaff’s “fell” off the back of the Norwegian Star. Kay Longstaff being rescued Mr Stuart telephoned his mother at her home in England from his office in Miami, Florida, to complain about Miss Longstaff’s version of events, calling it ‘fake news’. Miss Longstaff, who moved from Cheltenham, Gloucs, to Spain in 2016, had told a Croatian television news channel after being rescued: “I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for ten hours… I was sitting at the back of the deck.” Where Kay Longstaff went overboard Mr Stuart’s mother contacted the Daily Telegraph to protest that her son’s company was being wrongly blamed for the incident. His mother said: “She didn’t fall off. She jumped. This has cost Norwegian Cruise Line $600,000. This stupid woman. “I spoke to Andrew at  lunchtime. He phones me almost every day. What he said was ‘this is fake news’. He said that she couldn’t have fallen. You would have to take steps to climb over the railings. He said she jumped in the water.” Norwegian Star His mother went on: “He [Andrew] doesn’t get upset. But he is annoyed that it has been implied that NCL was at fault. He said NCL went to a lot of trouble. They delayed the progress of the ship and sent for the coastguard. If you think of the cost of the ship being delayed, passengers missing their connections, passengers waiting to embark. That has all amounted to more than $600,000. When you get criticism, it is highly unfair.” Mr Stuart, 55, took up his role in 2015 and had been with NCL for 27 years. He earns a reported £1m a year in salary.   Kay Longstaff falls overboard – Timeline of events According to reports, Miss Longstaff had been caught up in a row with her partner aboard the ship. He was asleep in their cabin when Miss Longstaff fell overboard at 11.45pm on Saturday night. It is understood that CCTV footage captured the incident and has established that no third party was involved. Daniel Punch, who works on the Norwegian Star in promotions, posted on Facebook according to reports: “She didn’t fall, she jumped. It was on my ship. I spoke [to her] throughout the whole week. She was arguing with her fella the whole time.” Miss Longstaff was found by Croatian coastguard at 9.45am on Sunday and taken to hospital for treatment in the Croatian resort of Pula. She said her yoga fitness and singing helped her to survive. Andy Stuart As she was released from hospital yesterday into the care of her partner, Italian sources suggested she had argued with her partner before he went back to his cabin and left her on the deck. “The footage has been viewed and you can clearly see she was there on her own when she fell,” a source told SunOnline. “She was not pushed. The theory we are working on is that she most likely jumped.” Kay Longstaff with Craig Rayment Irena Hrstic, director of Pula’s City Hospital, said Ms Longstaff had refused to release a statement because she “can’t understand why there is so much interest for her”. David Radas, spokesman for Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, said its investigation was continuing. On Sunday night, Mr Radas said that CCTV images had “left a suspicion whether it was a jump or a falling off”. Miss Longstaff has posted photographs of herself on the Costa del Sol in Spain with Craig Rayment, an electrician, who she was dating as recently as June 15. It is not clear if Mr Rayment was on the cruise with her and he declined to comment yesterday. “I’m not interested in talking,” he said. Miss Longstaff’s father Ron Longstaff, 76, a retired chief superintendent with West Midlands Police, said he had no idea how his daughter had ended up in the sea. “She was certainly lucky. I am trying to work out what happened,” said Mr Longstaff. Miss Longstaff after her rescue Bethany Joyce, 21, from Long Island, who was on board with her parents, said her mother planned to claim compensation as they had been forced to spend an extra two nights in Venice before the next available flight home. She told the Telegraph: “The cruise line was very unhelpful with helping us rebook travel plans. The only thing they gave us was 15 minutes of free WiFi to try and rebook travel arrangements. “Disembarkation was also a mess. We had to sit around for hours just waiting for vague instructions.” Passengers said they arrived in Venice at around 2.30pm on Sunday but did not disembark until 5.30pm. Miss Longstaff Scott Bailey, a businessman from Derby, wrote on Twitter: “Just upsets me that she is there smiling away and loving the publicity saying she ‘fell’. “The only way you could get off the ship is by climbing over the protective barriers and then jumping. Someone we spoke to said they had seen her crying earlier on.” Another passenger, who called himself Eddiepal, also complained that he had missed his flights home to Boston meaning his holiday had a “rotten ending”. Responding to suggestions that Miss Longstaff had somehow slipped into the water, he said “Next to impossible…take it from someone on board….” He accused the cruise line of mistreating passengers and leaving them stranded in Venice for several hours. NCL did not respond to requests for comment on passengers’ complaints. Mr Stuart declined to comment on the contents of the call with his mother or the incident while an investigation remained ongoing. A former passenger wrote online: “I was on the Star recently and spent quite a long time on that Deck 7 Aft area.. and if this lady departed the ship there it was definitely not an accidental fall. There are no chairs and the side rails are much more than waist high.” Miss Longstaff is thought to have worked for British Airways for some years before working as a flight attendant with a private jet company. She quit the UK to live in Spain in June 2016 posting a photograph on social media, captioned: “My new life.”


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Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 miles

Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 milesFor 17 days, a southern resident killer whale (SRKW) named J35, but better known as Tahlequah, carried her deceased baby for more than 1,000 miles. The orca’s unusually long spell of grieving came to an end on Saturday, when Tahlequah was spotted in the Haro Strait off Victoria, British Columbia, chasing a school of salmon without her newborn. SEE ALSO: New dolphin-whale hybrid sea creature is the spawn of an unholy union “Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky,” the Center for Whale Research (CWR) explained in a blog post online. August 11, 2018 J35 update: “The ordeal of J35 carrying her dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness.” – Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Researchhttps://t.co/kQpA4WWbmg pic.twitter.com/cQIN13HgN6 — Whale Research (@CWROrcas) August 12, 2018 The CWR added that the baby’s carcass has probably sunk to the bottom of the Salish Sea, meaning that researchers may not get a chance to examine it. On Jul. 24, Tahlequah’s baby orca died shortly after birth, in what has been a common story for the southern resident killer whale population.  Over the last two decades, 75 percent of SRKW newborns failed to survive. The last successful birth was in 2015, when two calves were born. In the hours, then days after the death, Tahlequah was spotted trying to keep her baby’s head above the water’s surface, reluctant to leave the body behind. “That’s not unprecedented, but it’s the longest one that I’ve personally witnessed,” Ken Balcomb, CWR’s founder and principal investigator, told
The Washington Post. These orcas are facing a real threat of extinction, with no successful pregnancies in the last three years. At just 75 whales, the population is at its lowest in 30 years. The SRKW’s decline is linked to the reduction in population of its primary food source, Chinook salmon. Canada’s government announced in May it would cut the allowable catch of Chinook by up to 35 percent to help protect the orca. WATCH: This tiny robotic spider might one day perform surgeries inside your body


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After 17 Days and 1000 Miles, A Mother Orca's 'Tour Of Grief' Is Over

  1. After 17 Days and 1000 Miles, A Mother Orca’s ‘Tour Of Grief’ Is Over  NPR
  2. Grieving orca mom lets go of dead calf after carrying it for more than 2 weeks  USA TODAY
  3. Update: Orca abandons body of her dead calf after a heartbreaking, weeks-long journey  Washington Post
  4. 17 days and 1000 miles later: Tahlequah stops carrying her calf  seattlepi.com
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Bereaved mother orca finally drops calf after carrying corpse for unprecedented 17 days

Bereaved mother orca finally drops calf after carrying corpse for unprecedented 17 daysA grieving orca whale who carried the corpse of her dead calf for an unprecedented 17 days has finally let it go. The killer whale, known as J35 to scientists monitoring the population in the Pacific Northwest, was spotted swimming without the infant balanced on her head for the first time since July. “J35 frolicked past my window today with other J pod whales, and she looks vigorous and healthy,” Ken Balcomb, of the Centre for Whale Research, told The Seattle Times.


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Mother 'held in Dubai for three days after one glass of wine on flight'

Mother 'held in Dubai for three days after one glass of wine on flight'A mother was detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after a drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, it is claimed. Swedish dentist Ellie Holman, who lives in Sevenoaks in Kent with her English partner Gary and their three children, was initially denied water and made to clean toilets while in custody, according to human rights group Detained in Dubai. The non-governmental organisation formed to help people held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it is representing the woman and her daughter Bibi, who was “terrified” by the experience. The 44-year-old was arrested on July 13 after having one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai from London, a statement from the group said. She was taken into custody after an immigration official questioned her about her visa and asked if she had consumed alcohol. Bibi Holman was detained with her mother before returning home Credit: Detained in Dubai via PA Ms Holman and her daughter were initially denied food, water and access to a toilet when they were held in a cell together for three days, the group claims. She now faces being detained in Dubai for up to a year while awaiting a court hearing. The group said she and Bibi were travelling to Dubai for a five-day break to visit friends, having visited a number of times before. After landing she was questioned by an immigration official, who said her visa was invalid and she must return to London immediately, the group said. Detained in Dubai | What will get you arrested? Ms Holman claims he was “dismissive and rude” when she asked if she could buy another visa, and was then questioned about her alcohol consumption – which she admitted. She filmed him on her phone as evidence of his behaviour before learning this was an offence, and that it was illegal to drink alcohol, according to the group. The pair were taken into custody with phones and passports confiscated before Ms Holman was asked to give a blood sample to test for alcohol consumption. She is said to have been refused the chance to phone her partner and was then held in a cell. Ellie takes her partner Gary’s surname but they are not legally married, Detained by Dubai said. Dubai, with its smart hotels, first-class shopping and sunshine, is a popular destination with Britons despite strict laws on personal morality Credit: Karim Sahib/AFP In a statement from the group, Ms Holman claims the guards tried to rip out her hair extensions and described the prison as hot and “foul smelling”. She said the pair were made to sleep on a “filthy” mattress and she was told to clean toilets and floors. She said: “My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. “The food (we were given) smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days. “By now, Gary knew something was wrong and had flown to Dubai to look for me. Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not even told.” Unusual laws that tourists should be wary of She was released on bail and told her passport has been confiscated until the case is concluded. She said she has lost more than £30,000 in legal fees and missed work. Ms Holman is now spending time with her other children Suri, nine, and Noah, eight, who have flown out to Dubai to see her while Gary returns home with Bibi. Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said: “The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading facade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors. “Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits, but this is far from reality. “It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood, even if consumed in flight and provided by Dubai’s own airline. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed.” 10 surprising things you probably didn’t know about Dubai Ms Stirling called on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Government generally to do more to “protect” British nationals, and claimed airlines were “complicit” and needed to be held “accountable”. Consular staff spoke to Mr Holman about the incident, advised him on procedures in Dubai and also spoke to UAE authorities to confirm Ms Holman and her daughter were being released, a UK Foreign Office spokesman said. A Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman said the case had not been registered with them because they had not been contacted by Ms Holman. Emirates airline has been contacted for comment.


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