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Criminal Conviction Following Fatal Sailing Accident In Greece

Irwin Mitchell is acting for the mother and family of a young girl who tragically drowned whilst on a sailing holiday in Greece.

The accident occurred when the boat that our client’s daughter was in capsized. She was unable to free herself due to the lack of proper safety equipment on board. The alarm was raised and fellow sailors tried to help but it was too late. The case has been the subject of criminal proceedings in Greece and the employees of the sailing company have been found guilty both at first instance and Appeal court stage.

The case may now be appealed to the Supreme Court of Greece. We are also pursuing a civil claim for the award of bereavement damages to the family and the trial of that issue is expected to take place later this year.

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