Man who saved two children from drowning now wants compensation for his act because it 'ruined' his holiday
32-year-old Steven Tartt dived into the pool to save a seven-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl after they found themselves in trouble at a hotel in Menorca
A British holidaymaker is facing backlash and is being condemned for demanding compensation after he saved two small children from drowning in a hotel swimming pool. 32-year-old Steven Tartt dived in to save a seven-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl after they found themselves in trouble at the Victoria Playa Hotel in Santo Tomas, Menorca.
The father of two pulled the two children to safety and was very angry at how the on-duty lifeguard failed to take any sort of action to help. The lifeguard has been sacked since the incident took place.
Tartt said that his holiday had been "ruined" and called the travel operator TUI in order to demand a compensation. He claimed that he had to take a week off from work when he returned to the UK.
Since then, his requests for compensation has got a mixed response online. One Twitter user commented, "Imagine being on holiday, laying next to the pool and being in the right place at the right time to save the lives of two drowning children. Imagine then complaining that the tour operator "hasn't offered you anything", because "part of my holiday was lost"! How sad must you be?"
While another added, "Why does he want compensation? Why would it ruin your holiday saving two children from drowning, very heroic and amazing, but now looking like a right idiot! Why does everyone want compensation? Don't get it".
However, there were other social media users who commended him for his heroic actions. One user wrote, "For what it's worth, you're an absolute hero for your actions. They should be flying you 1st class on an all expenses paid holiday at the very least for saving two lives, a lawsuit and an untold amount in lost revenue!"
Tartt took to social media to call out the lifeguard who "wasn't doing his job" and to say that his holiday was "ruined". "Had to take an extra week off work after it affected me that much. Spoke to TUI, thought they would take some responsibility or something and at least offer something for ruining my holiday because the hotel they use does not hire capable staff. They have refused to take any," Tartt shared.
"They won't ask the hotel to take any either as they feel it would harm the relationship with them, and lose them business and money. [They] Said because I chose to jump in and save the kids, and did this off my own back, it's my responsibility. So if I'd have just sat and watched two children drown, because a hotel you use didn't employ someone who is there to do this job, then it'd have not ruined my holiday!" he added.
Tartt added that he had made an official complaint to TUI but claims that he never heard back. He did receive a free bottle of sparkling wine for his heroic act. According to the Liverpool Echo, he shared, "It's a bit s***. It ruined my holiday. I had to take a week off work, and I'm self-employed. It was horrible, and it's out of order the way they've [TUI] handled it".
A spokesperson for TUI said, "We're sorry to hear that he's unhappy not to have received compensation, as we felt the most appropriate support we could provide would be to offer free access to our independent partner the Centre for Crisis Psychology (CCP)".