Carlton Queen capsize: Passengers plan to sue owners of boat

2023-06-10 08:54:44  • 5 mins

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The Carlton Queen capsized in the Red Sea during a diving trip

By Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News

Passengers who narrowly escaped with their lives from a yacht when it capsized are planning legal action in order to hold the owners to account.

They do not believe the Carlton Queen, which capsized during a diving trip in the Red Sea, was seaworthy.

The size of the boat had been increased as part of a recent refurbishment, and it was visibly listing to one side after it set off from Egypt.

The owners, Carlton Fleet, have not responded to the BBC.

There were 26 passengers - whose nationalities included British, Belgian, Swiss and German - on board the Carlton Queen when it capsized on 24 April.

David Taylor, from Treswell in Nottinghamshire, thought he and his son Christian were going to die when they realised they were trapped below deck.

"I started to lose the plot. I really was panicking we were going to die. There was no way to get out," he said.

He said they and a Spanish passenger, Fernando Suarez Mella, had tried and failed to open an escape hatch.

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