Legal action may follow boat tragedy
BOSSES of an Ipswich man killed in the Bahrain pleasure cruiser tragedy has said they company may take legal action against those responsible.Six Britons who worked for South African-based Murray and Roberts lost their lives in the disaster, including Will Nolan, originally from Ipswich.
BOSSES of an Ipswich man killed in the Bahrain pleasure cruiser tragedy has said they company may take legal action against those responsible.
Six Britons who worked for South African-based Murray and Roberts lost their lives in the disaster, including Will Nolan, originally from Ipswich.
This photograph of Mr Nolan and his wife Nicola was taken only two weeks before the boat sank in the Persian Gulf.
Brian Bruce, chief executive of Murray and Roberts, said he had not ruled out legal action against anyone found to have been negligent, and did not discount seeking compensation.
It came as Bahrain's chief prosecutor said the investigation into Thursday night's disaster had heard from survivors that the captain made a turn that was “too tight”.
Osama Al-Ofee said a special committee of five experts - including one Briton - will establish what happened.
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In a statement translated from Arabic, Mr Al-Ofee said: “Many of the victims who were on the boat mention, all of them, that the ship was not stable before they left the harbour.”
It emerged at the weekend that the capsized Arab dhow only had a permit for use as a floating restaurant anchored to a jetty, but not to go on passenger cruises.
The captain of the boat was detained on Friday and prosecutors can hold him in custody for seven days. After that his case goes before a judge who has the power to extend the custody for up to 45 days.
Mr Nolan, 50, formerly of Bucklesham Road in Ipswich, was one of 15 Britons who drowned in the tragedy.
He and his wife were among a group of employees celebrating the completion of part of the Bahrain World Trade Centre project when the boat capsized.
Although Mrs Nolan was able to swim to safety, her husband died after being stranded on a lower deck.
Mrs Nolan's sister, Louise, from Ipswich, flew out to Bahrain on Friday. She was joined by their mother Molly Gillingwater, from Felixstowe, and the Nolans' daughter Sarah Jane, 18, who is at university in London. Their son David, 16, went to school in Bahrain.
A total of 58 people of several nationalities died in the tragedy. Seventy-one people survived out of 130 thought to be board. Coastguard divers and helicopters were still searching for one missing person yesterday, a woman from the Philippines.