3129 days after two children died, Thomas Cook CEO apologises

Peter Fankhauser said he was 'deeply sorry'

Hazel Sheffield
Wednesday 20 May 2015 14:12 BST
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Peter Fankhauser, the chief executive of Thomas Cook
Peter Fankhauser, the chief executive of Thomas Cook

The CEO of Thomas Cook has finally apologised over the deaths of two children on holiday in Corfu, over eight years and six months after the tragedy took place.

"From the deepest of my heart I am sorry," Peter Fankhauser said.

He admitted that the way Thomas Cook had treated the parents of Christi and Bobby Shepherd could have been better and that the parents did not receive the compassion they deserved.

Fankhauser also said he regretted saying Thomas Cook had done "nothing wrong" when giving evidence at the coroner's court in Wakefield last week.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd were six and seven years old when they died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel in 2006 because of fumes from a defective boiler. The children’s bodies were discovered by a cleaner. Their father, Neil Shepherd, and his partner Ruth had slipped into a coma close by.

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