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Bahrain Boat Tragedy

Fifty eight people (including 15 Britons) died on board the Al Dana dhow when it capsized in the waters off Manama in Bahrain on 30 March 2006. The dhow was hired to celebrate the construction of the World Trade Centre in Bahrain.

We are currently acting for 57 clients, including the estates of several of the deceased and their relatives, as well as a number of survivors of the tragedy.

The coroner, who held an inquest into the deaths of nine of our clients, concluded that the deceased died due to the instability of the vessel. The coroner was also critical of the safety inspection and certification system and lack of appropriately qualified crew.

At a criminal hearing in Bahrain on 23 May 2007, the owner of the vessel, Mr Abdulla Al Kobaisi, was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The captain, Mr Ramjibhai, was sentenced to three years in prison. At an appeal hearing on 3 December 2007, the High Criminal Appeal Court upheld the owner's conviction but reduced his jail sentence from 10 years to five. The captain also appealed but will now serve a full term.

We are continuing to fight for compensation for our clients.

For more information about making a claim following the Bahrain Dhow tragedy, either call 0800 056 0066 or fill in our enquiry form.

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