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New Fred Olsen Black Watch Cruise

Irwin Mitchell are concerned to learn that a holidaymaker who has recently been aboard the New Fred Olsen Black Watch Cruise ship has returned suffering from legionnaires disease.
The holidaymaker contracted the illness whilst aboard the ship travelling from Portsmouth on 26th November 2011and tested positive for legionella after undergoing tests whilst aboard the ship. He was then airlifted to a hospital in Gran Canaria on 7th December 2011 where he spent several weeks in intensive care.
It is reported that on board the ship the bathrooms had apparently undergone a refurbishment program which had not been completed prior to the ship setting sail.
It is alleged that holidaymakers were exposed to damp carpets and that porters were carrying out repairs on the bathrooms in each room of the ship whilst it was at sea.
The affected holidaymaker’s wife was allegedly requested not to tell anyone of the diagnosis. Once word spread of the diagnosis, however, the water temperature was apparently turned up and a note was passed round the passengers informing them of the possibility of infection.
The holidaymaker has remained in hospital since being admitted and continues to suffer from symptoms to date.

If you also travelled aboard this ship and have subsequently suffered from symptoms of illness Irwin Mitchell, who specialise in dealing with cases of such nature, would like to hear from you.

For more advice on making a holiday illness claim, contact us on 0800 056 0066 or complete our enquiry form and we will call you back.

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