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Cruise ship passengers seek compensation for storm injuries

Injured passengers of a cruise ship are seeking personal injury compensation after a severe storm hit their holiday liner.

The MV Athena had been cruising across the Atlantic in September 2006 after setting off from Britain on route to Nova Scotia, New England and New York.

However, while crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the boat was hit by two hurricanes which left many passengers terrified and some injured.

Many onboard were thrown to the floor or fell from bunks as they went through the rough seas, while one passenger suffered fatal injuries falling down a flight of stairs.

A group of 16 injured passengers have now launched an injury claim against the holiday firm and the two cruise companies involved in the incident, all of which deny liability.

The claimants argue that the ship should not have been sent out in such bad weather.

The case is currently with a High Court judge, who will decide if the claim for personal injury compensation should go ahead.


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