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Former RAF Man Paralysed after diving into Inflatable Pool wins Compensation

An ex-RAF serviceman, who broke his neck after he went head first into a shallow inflatable pool, has won his claim for compensation.

Robert Uren, from Camborne, in Cornwall, was just twenty one years old at the time of the accident, which happened when he was taking part in a Fun Day event organised by the Ministry of Defence, which took place in Buckinghamshire in 2005.

Mr. Uren was competing in a services personnel relay event, which involved participants retrieving pieces of plastic fruit from an inflatable pool, the former RAF man however went head first into the pool during his turn, fracturing his spine in three places and leaving him paralysed.

After being medically discharged from the RAF, Mr. Uren launched a claim for six million pounds in compensation against the M.O.D and Corporate Leisure (UK) Ltd, who supplied equipment for the event.

The claim was originally dismissed by a judge at the High Court, who ruled that there had been no breach of duty of care, as the game had been reasonably safe.

However this ruling was overturned by the Court of appeal and following a retrial Mr. Uren won his claim for compensation, the actual amount of compensation he will receive will be decided at a later date.

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