Antigua: Former guest could sue hotel over injury

Antigua Observer:-Jolly Beach Resort & Spa could be facing a lawsuit if it fails to respond “favourably” to complaints made by a British man who claims that what appeared to have been an “innocuous” injury he sustained in the hotel’s pool, last September, is responsible for one of his toes being amputated.

From his home in Tynemouth, England, Stewart Vine, a diabetic, told OBSERVER media that he’s undergoing a rigorous medical regimen that includes taking 16 antibiotics daily, as doctors try desperately to stave off further amputation.

“The amputation wound is healing but there is an infection in the bone. The doctors have not said how much of my foot they would have to take off but they would probably have to amputate midway up my calf,” he said.

“I’m on sleeping tablets, it’s really got me down and depressed the fact that I cannot do my normal job. I am seeing a psychiatrist. My life has changed drastically.”

The Brit is also wearing an air cast; he has to be immobile, with the leg elevated.

The 55-year-old financial manager said that he and his wife, Sarah, arrived in Antigua on September 9, 2016 for a week’s vacation booked through British Airways Holidays.

He recounted that up to the time of the incident, the vacation was “going terribly” because the hotel wasn’t clean and someone tried to rob his wife at knifepoint on the beach.

Vine said that incident occurred the same day he scraped his foot on “something sharp” in the pool. He alleged that he reported both episodes to the resort’s management


  1. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    If you have severe diabetes then any cut or injury sustained at home or abroad should be taken seriously. Perhaps, in the future, hotels in the Caribbean should ask their guests to disclose whether they have diabetes and provide special insurance coverage for them through a small increase in each diabetic’s room rates. The hotel should also try to determine whether there was negligence on his part thus causing his toe to get gangrene.

    1. Barbara Marcelle
      February 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      I think that would be an invasion of privacy. Unless the guest choose to disclose medical problems. But reading this article makes me wonder wheather this guest did not have a pretty existing injury before arriving in Grenada. Everyone knows that if you’re a diabetic and you sustain a wound, no matter how minor, You MUST SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. Smyrna question is…….Did he seek MEDICAL ATTENTION?

  2. Calvin
    February 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Throughout the Caribbean you find examples of pools that are in need of repair. It’s sad to see that a broken tile as an example could lead to an amputation. There is an increased police presence on that very beach. I would still say that Antigua is safe and many people pass through that resort fine.