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    Survivor guide: Why were English Channel hovercrafts retired?


    For over thirty years, hovercrafts provided an effective and thrilling way of traversing the English Channel. For many people, they were the perfect way to get a French holiday off to a thrilling start. However, citing a lack of comfort for passengers and the dangers of accidents whilst travelling, the vessels were retired from use after the turn of the millennium.

    How has travelling on an English Channel hovercraft led to claims for travel accident compensation?

    Shipping company Hoverspeed, who were responsible for the running of the vehicles, said that a combination of being uncomfortable and too expensive to operate were the main reasons for the withdrawal of the vessels as a Channel crossing option. The two ships, the ‘Princess Margaret’ and the ‘Princess Anne’ were the largest hovercrafts in the world, stretching to over 30 metres in length and capable of carrying up to 360 passengers as well as 50 cars.

    Surprisingly, hovercrafts are not considered to be boats or types of ships. They are, in fact, a kind of seaplane. The cushion of air beneath the main body of the vehicle is three metres tall, thus negating any friction and allowing the hovercraft to move seamlessly from the sea to tarmac where passengers can disembark.

    Rather than causing holiday accidents such as slips, trips and falls, the reign of the hovercraft came to an end because they were simply too loud to allow passengers to travel in comfort. Travelling illnesses such as severe headaches and earaches were commonplace. The advent of quick ferries further hastened the end of the hovercraft by offering passengers more space and an ability to carry more cars.

    What can I do if I am injured on holiday?

    Suffering personal injuries in an accident can be a distressing experience. The feelings of anxiety and worry are significantly magnified when the incident takes place abroad in unfamiliar surroundings.

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    Fortunately for the victims of accidents abroad, help is at hand. Providing the accident occurred within the last three years, caused injuries that required attention and treatment from a medical expert and the incident was demonstrably the fault of another party, you may be due holiday accident compensation.

    Our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can help establish the strength of any injury claim you wish to make. After this initial consultation, they can see your case through on a no-win, no-fee* basis.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.