Sunday 17 May 2015

Corfu Gas Deaths: Thomas Cook Received Payout

Thomas Cook has confirmed it received compensation after two British children were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu.

Bobby and Christi Shepherd died after being overcome by a faulty boiler's fumes at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel in 2006.
On Wednesday the travel company was told by an inquest jury that it had "breached its duty of care".
But after three workers at the hotel were found guilty of manslaughter in 2010, Thomas Cook sought to recover its costs. The company will not reveal the amount they were paid out in 2013, but the Mail on Sunday claims it was in the region of £3.5m.
A spokesman for the travel company said: "After it was clear the hotel was responsible for the tragedy, all parties affected were compensated, and Thomas Cook received a compensation that partly compensated for the costs related to the incident."
He added that the compensation covered "some of the costs incurred up to and during the trial in Corfu in 2010".
The family of the two children - aged six and seven - say they are "incensed", adding that the amount of compensation they received was considerably smaller than that received by Thomas Cook.
Their mother, Sharon Wood, told the newspaper: "It seems our children's lives are worth only a fraction of Thomas Cook's reputation."

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