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CDNN: Insurance company will not pay bent UK diver who ignored depth limit

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Anthony Allen
Anthony Allen

LONDON, UK (20 Aug 2005) -- THE family of a Shirley diver being treated in an Egyptian hospital have admitted their bid to get insurers to stump up £20,000 for medical costs is now a 'compassionate plea'.

Anthony Allen, aged 67, has been in Marsa Shagra Hospital for two weeks while he receives expensive treatment for decompression sickness, known as 'the bends'.

But while costs are expected to rise well over £20,000, Mr Allen's insurance company, Lloyds TSB, have refused to pay out because the experienced diver went below their depth limit of 30 metres.

The Allens had argued that the condition was caused by dehydration and not depth.

"It's now a compassionate plea," said son Mark Allen...

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