British mother, 32, refused a place on ferry from France… because she was too PREGNANT

May 20, 2013 | by | 1 Comment

A British mum was forced into an exhausting 14-hour train journey back to the UK after a ferry crew refused to let her board – because she was too PREGNANT.

Katie Kissack, 32, was due to sail from Brittany to Devon so she could give birth in a British hospital next month surrounded by her family.

But when she turned up to board the Roscoff to Plymouth ferry at 34 weeks pregnant officials told her the upper limit was 32.

Katie said she and her three-year-old daughter then had to make a 600-mile train journey back to Truro, Cornwall, via the Channel Tunnel and London.

She said: “I am aware that my husband and I made an error in not noticing the 32-week limit when we booked.

“But the booking was made a long time ago. I consider myself to be in good health and so did not go into the special requirements area where we may have seen it.

“The journey has been long, tiring and extremely stressful. The risk of deep vein thrombosis due to a long seated train journey and rocketing costs are doing nothing to reduce the stress.”

Her father, John Tisdale, a recently retired GP, offered to take responsibility for her health during the crossing but the ferry company still refused to let her travel.

Brittany Ferries said the rules were in place to protect passengers’ safety.

Spokesman Stephen Tuckwell said: “The captain’s decision is final and the fact that he’s a doctor does not give him the right to overrule the captain.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The captain’s decision is final

    not related to Captain Smith of the Titanic by chance,

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