Man Blames Hot Cruise Ship for Lost Leg

A British man is seeking compensation claiming he lost his leg after getting badly burned feet on a cruise ship pool deck.

The Mirror newspaper in the U.K. reports Ronnie Dunbar, 55, is wheelchair-bound after his injuries, which he says occurred on the British ship Ocean Village in the Caribbean.

Dunbar tells the paper he had taken his wife on the cruise for her 50th birthday and was burned getting out of a lounge chair on a hot pool deck.

"We were off the coast of Belize. I put my feet down and they got stuck and started to sizzle. I wrenched them up and the skin was all off. It was agony. It has ruined my life," Dunbar says.

His left leg was amputated at the knee after becoming infected.

Dunbar says he was told he can't collect compensation because the legal time limit has passed – the incident was in December 2007 – but he has hired a new legal team to look into the matter. Ocean Village denies liability, the Mirror reports.

Photo, Tom Mascardo 3, flickr
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