Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cyprus: British-Swedish Couple Ends Tragically; Motorcycle Accident with Bus Kills Briton, Fiancée Fights for Life

According to the below link, British photographer James Haggerty, 20, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Ayia Napa earlier this week are asking friends and family to help repatriate James' remains home:

Mr. Haggerty, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, died on Tuesday morning (June 24) after the motorcycle he was driving with Ariel was hit by a bus on the Ayia Napa to Paralimni Road, near Kavo Greco.

His fiancée and tandem passenger, Swedish national Mariel Tamblay, 24, was also injured in the crash and is currently fighting for her life at Nicosia General Hospital.

Speaking to the British media, James’ eldest brother, Gareth Haggerty, 31, said that to add to the family's heartache, James' family just discovered that James had no medical insurance nor had he arranged for coverage that would have enabled his remains to be repatriated home in the event of his death.

COMMENT: As most of our readers know all too well, I am constantly advocating that all foreign travelers subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage before they leave home that should include the repatriation of their remains if they die while abroad.

The one detail that most young adults NEVER consider is that they might die prematurely while abroad, yet it does much more frequently than any of us would care to acknowledge. 

Having been young once, I recall the powerful emotion of love, yet all travelers must be cognizant of the huge medical and repatriation bills that we leave behind for the living, who must now appeal for donations to pay for medical costs and repatriation.

Worse, medical efforts to save James' life have amounted to €13,000 (US$17,393) not to mention the cost of repatriating the Briton's remains back home to the UK.

Now, Ariel continues to fight for her life, knowing that similar debt will arise for her family to address.

Gareth's comments could not be clearer: “It’s all the little costs they just keep mounting up. This goes to show all those young people going to festivals and going away you that [travelers] must have insurance.”

Mariel had just flown to Cyprus to be with James 24 hours before the crash occurred. 

The youngest of five with two brothers and two sisters, James was popular among fellow students from Salford University and friends he grew up with.

His family is now asking friends, relatives and those wanting to help to raise funds to return James home. More information on how to make a donation can be found on the Facebook page "Bring James Haggerty Home."

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.