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Latvian tourists seriously injured in accidents abroad

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAir tank explosion in France, stroke in Greece, broken leg in Finland, drowning in Crete, myocardial infarction in Sweden, death after broken leg in Arkhangelsk – these are accidents that happened to Latvian tourists while travelling abroad.

The estimated size of losses in those accidents exceeds EUR 56,000, as reported by Balta insurance group.

One Latvian tourist had an especially tragic trip to France: the safety valve of an air tank he was going to use for diving exploded in his hands. One hand was badly injured and it was necessary to carry out a complicated surgery in France. The estimated damage caused by this accident is EUR 17,350. Another Latvian citizen fell and broke his leg while working in some ship-building company in Finland. The cost of medical attention reached EUR 8,000. The situation also turned out complicated for another client who suddenly suffered a case of severe stroke on his way back to Latvia. Now that the necessary medical attention has been provided, the man has a long way to go before he can be delivered back home with his relatives.

Many of the accidents that occurred with Latvians over the past couple of week were lethal – a man drowned in a trip to Crete; a man who found a job in Sweden passed away after losing consciousness at work. Medics say the man suffered a severe myocardial infarction. Another Latvia citizen broke his leg during his stay in Russia. After healing the fractured bone and taking off the cast, the young man suffered thrombophlebitis which tragically resulted in his death.

‘Some of the most often causes for accidents when travelling include flights, long car trips, unusual types of food, rapid climate change, stress, insufficient consumption of water, extreme sports, overexertion and different environmental risks. Although travel accidents most often result in light injuries, sometimes things end tragically,’ – says health insurance product manager Sandra Pietkevica.


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