More claims expected after Greek catamaran crash

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More claims expected after Greek catamaran crash

1st October 2010

The lawyer representing a number of passengers injured when a catamaran crashed in Greece last month is expecting more victims to make claims for compensation.

The Turkish-flagged 'Aegean Cat,' traveling from the Turkish town of Didim with more than 200 passengers on board - the majority of whom were British - crashed into a jetty on the Greek island of Kos in September.

Karen Garcia, a specialist in holiday and travel claims with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said: "At least 25 people were hurt including five who were seriously injured. We are making enquiries on behalf of a number of injured passengers, and we are currently waiting for the Kos Port Authority to conclude their investigation into the cause of the accident."

The catamaran collided with the jetty in apparently calm conditions at 11:12am local time on 15 September. Returning for a second attempt at docking, the boat again crashed, resulting in damage to its hull. Unaware the damage was above the waterline, many passengers panicked thinking the boat was about to sink.

"My clients were knocked down in the initial collision," said Karen. "When they got up to see what had happened the vessel hit the jetty a second time, throwing them to the floor and causing several injuries as passengers landed heavily on top of each other.

"Some of the passengers we are representing suffered serious injuries, including broken limbs, and were immediately taken to hospital. Others sustained whiplash injuries as well as bruising or cuts from broken glass."

The Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine and the Kos Port Authority are still investigating the incident, with officials suggesting the boat may have suffered a mechanical failure. The UK Foreign Office is also looking into the situation as a matter of urgency.

"It is incredibly fortunate that this terrifying experience did not result in any life-threatening injuries," said Karen. "The passengers have been through quite an ordeal, and many of those injured will be entitled to compensation.

"It is now crucial the Greek authorities thoroughly investigate exactly why this incident occurred," she said.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims relating to holiday accidents and illness.

If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Source - BBC