A woman suffered a fractured spine after being thrown from her seat on a speedboat while on a dolphin-watching trip.
The Liga Raisa-Reisa celebrated their anniversary on vacation in Portugal when they suffered a fractured spinal cord and nerve damage during a five-star vacation with her partner after being thrown into the air and knocked back on her seat.
The 33-year-old said the boat was traveling at high speed towards waves and she was repeatedly thrown into the air.
League restaurant manager was flown to the hospital and then taken back to the UK on an air ambulance. Because of her injuries, she had to quit her job.
Now she is taking legal action against the tour operator TUI, with whom the couple booked their vacation after their dream vacation had turned into a nightmare.
They thought the dolphin trip would be operated by TUI as it was booked through the company representatives and the booking form and receipt were on the company paper.
But when Liga and her partner arrived at the marina the day they discovered that a local company was going to get them on the water.
Liga said, “We hadn’t seen any dolphins about 40 minutes after the excursion, then the boat’s captain suddenly screamed and raced toward what he believed some of the sea might be.”
“The boat crashed into the waves and I bumped up and down violently. I was afraid I might fly out of my seat and a woman sitting near me cursed.
“I was repeatedly thrown up and down in my seat even though I tried to hold onto the metal handle.
“However, it was wet and slippery because of the sea spray. One of the bumps hit my back with the edge of the seat.
“I felt and heard my back snap. I was in absolute agony and cried. I could barely breathe and I couldn’t feel my legs. “
Liga and her partner traveled to the Algarve in Portugal on May 6, 2018 to celebrate their first birthday together.
Two days after the vacation started, they booked a range of excursions, including dolphin watching, through a TUI vacation rep.
The couple went on vacation for four days, and it wasn’t until they got to the marina that they found out that a local company would take them away.
They were given seating towards the front of the boat and were instructed to hold onto a metal handle in front of their seat if the ride got bumpy.
Liga, from Croydon in south London added: “The past few years have been terrible.
“I’ve had so much pain that I still suffer.
“My injuries prevented me from doing my job because it is physically demanding and you are always on your feet.”
After the accident, the boat drove back to shore and Liga was flown to the hospital, where she had a CT scan and learned that she had broken her spine.
On the advice of doctors, she traveled back to Great Britain on May 15 by air ambulance.
More than two years later, she is still in pain and Liga has experts to investigate and initiate a lawsuit.
Nick Cerezo, Irwin Mitchell’s International Specialized Serious Injury Attorney, who represents the League, said, “The serious injuries the League sustained on board the boat have had a profound impact on their lives for more than two years.
“The first hand report she shared about the excursion and the safety measures in place is extremely worrying.
“While nothing can ever make up for what happened, we are determined to ensure that the league has access to the professional rehabilitation and support it needs.”
“We urge TUI to resolve this issue so that Liga can focus on their ongoing recovery and try to put what has happened behind them.
“It is also important that tour operators and excursion companies ensure that safety measures to protect people are observed at all times.”