That comment was not met with a favourable response. A similar situation arose on the boat but on that occasion as he was talking to the group Mr Packer was king-hit to the side of the head from behind by an unknown assailant. He suffered facial injuries and long term neurological problems.
Mr Packer brought a personal injury claim against both his employer and the operators of the ship. He argued they both should have acted to protect him against a risk of assault by excluding the group from the ship, having better crowd control or having other crew available.
Mr Packer lost his case against both parties at trial. He appealed only in relation to the claim against the ship operators. He lost his appeal too: the court found that the sudden and violent behaviour of the unknown assailant was not something the ship operators could have foreseen. So there was no obligation to take any steps.
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