MOSCOW, August 4 (Itar-Tass) —— All expenses for medical services to Russian tourists hurt in a traffic accident in Turkey have been covered by insurance, a spokesman for the Russian Tourism Agency told Itar-Tass on Thursday with a reference to the hospital where the Russian tourists were taken to.
“According to medics from the hospital in the city of Side, medical expenses were covered by the tourists insurance policies, there were no problems in this respect,” the spokesman said.
According to preliminary information, all Russian tourists are clients of Anex Tour and Pegas Touristik and hold ROSNO insurance policies.
The coverage sum is being specified, Maya Lomidze, the executive director of the Association of Russian Travel Operators, told Itar-Tass.
The accident occurred on Wednesday near the resort city of Side. A bus with 26 tourists from Russia, Israel, Iran, and Great Britain was heading for a rafting camp. The driver lost control of the vehicle, the bus went off the road and overturned. As many as 15 tourists, including eight Russians from the city of Kaliningrad, sought medical help. Five Russian were discharged from hospital later in the day. According to preliminary information, the tourists bough excursions from street stalls which provide no guarantees and offer no life and health insurances. Three Russian are still at a Turkish hospital. They have undergone operations to extract fragments of broken glass. The operations were successful, the three Russian are in satisfactory condition and will be released in a couple of days.
An investigation into the accident is underway.