11 May 2009
Rugby player seeks compensation over holiday poisoning
A rugby league player who contracted salmonella while on holiday is seeking a payout.
Scott Bessant was vacationing in the Maldives with his wife Leanne when they came down with the sickness, which is one of the most common types of food poisoning, along with Campylobacter and E coli.
The 25-year-old claims that his chances of signing a professional contract may be over as a result of the illness, which caused him to lose a stone and a half during the course of five days.
He says that when he returned to the UK, he was unable to keep up with the training schedule of Super League side the Celtic Crusaders, causing him to miss out on a place in their reserve squad.
Ms Bessant, meanwhile, had to take three months off work upon her return due to the sickness she suffered.
They are taking legal action against tour operators Cosmos, which said it would be inappropriate to comment on the case.