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Canadian tourist facing jail time in Cuba suing Sunwing for damages

May 15, 2018 7:05 PM
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MONTREAL—A Quebec man facing four years in a Cuban jail following a boating accident that killed a fellow Canadian tourist last year is suing Sunwing.

Lawyers representing Toufik Benhamiche of Mascouche, Que., filed the application in Quebec last week seeking damages against the travel company.

Benhamiche was driving a small boat as part of a tourist excursion in July 2017 in Cayo Coco when it veered out of control and fatally struck a woman from Ontario.

The lawsuit alleges Benhamiche was given little instruction on how to operate the craft and wasn’t briefed on safety measures or legal obligations.

In an emailed statement, Sunwing says it does not see the merit in the legal action it is facing and notes it doesn’t own, manage or operate local excursions in Cuba.


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