Passengers sue over 'terrible' injuries in Waverley paddle steamer crash

Legal action on behalf of two passengers who were seriously hurt when the historic ship hit Brodick pier has been launched against Waverley Excursions.

A total of 24 passengers were injured when the paddle steamer hit Brodick pier. Picture: John Devlin
A total of 24 passengers were injured when the paddle steamer hit Brodick pier. Picture: John Devlin

Thompsons Solicitors said it had been instructed to begin a claim against the operator following the Arran incident on September 3.

It said it had also been contacted by “many more” passengers wanting to pursue damages and would be lodging other claims.

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A total of 24 of the 213 passengers and 26 crew were injured.

Damage to Waverley's bows after the incident in September. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Solicitor Nicola Thompson said: “We know from eye witness reports the vessel approached the pier at a substantial speed and struck with an enormous force.

"Many passengers who were queuing to disembark were propelled forward at excess speed.

"This inevitably led to significant injuries to a large number of passengers as they crashed against walls and bulkheads.

"We are fast tracking a legal claim on behalf of two passengers who were holidaying in Scotland and suffered terrible injuries due to the collision.”

In a claim disputed by Waverley Excursions, Miss Thompson said: "Their entire trip was ruined and in addition they suffered the indignity of being refused any refund by the operators of the Waverley.

“We will be initiating further claims shortly and call on the owners to meet with us to conclude these matters as quickly as possible.”

A spokesperson for Waverley Excursions said: “We have received no communication from Thompsons Solicitors in respect of any legal action relating to the incident.

"Any claims we receive will be passed directly to our insurers.

“We can confirm that anyone who was involved in the incident who had contacted us has been issued a full refund.”

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