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Laura Morgan sailing death in Greece: Sunsail to appeal

A company found liable for the death of a Nottinghamshire girl in a Greek sailing accident is appealing against the ruling.

Laura Morgan, 11, from Woodborough, was on holiday in 2003 when she became trapped beneath a capsized catamaran.

Her family were awarded a six-figure sum following a civil hearing earlier this year.

UK-based operator Sunsail said it regretted the distress the "protracted process" had caused.

During a five-day inquest at Nottingham's Council House in January, the coroner heard Laura was sailing with two other children when the accident occurred at a resort in Vounaki.

Rescue staff at the resort, run by holiday company Sunsail, told the coroner they had battled to unhook Laura's harness after the boat "inverted".

The inquest had been delayed due to previous court proceedings in Greece.

Laura's mother Lynne Morgan said she said she was profoundly and deeply sad at the company's pending appeal and the delay in receiving compensation.

She said: "What is the point? How many courts in Greece have got to find you guilty before you put up, shut up and say we made a mistake?

"Pay the compensation, say you're sorry and not just platitudes."

Sunsail said: "The thoughts of everyone in the company, as always, remain with [the family].

"Sunsail has always maintained that it operated, and continues to operate, within the stringent safety guidelines set out by the Royal Yachting Association.

"The safety of our guests was, and is always, an absolute priority for us."

Ms Morgan said the appeal hearing was expected to start in April 2013.

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