Italian manager dies of gas poisoning on boat in Croatia

Eugenio Vinci's two children in critical condition

14 August, 13:31

    (by Luca Mirone) (ANSAmed) - Rome, August 14 - A holiday ended in tragedy for Sicilian manager Eugenio Vinci who died of carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat in Croatia. The two sons of the manager, who worked for years at the helm of Assindustria Molise, are in critical condition in hospital due to the incident, which was initially attributed to food poisoning.

    On Tuesday morning, a call for help was made to the port of Hvar from a rented yacht on which a 57-year-old man was reported to have died. The other five tourists onboard were also ill, especially Vinci's children, aged 8 and 14, with strong diarrhea, nausea, vomit, loss of consciousness. They were transferred by helicopter to a hospital in Split, some 50 km from the island. The two children are in critical condition in the intensive care unit of the pediatric department.

    Initially the Croatian press attributed the illness to food poisoning. The group had eaten a dinner of shellfish the previous night at a famous restaurant in Hvar and started having gastrointestinal problems overnight. But a probe has revealed that they fell ill due to poisoning caused by exhaust fumes coming from the toilet or the air conditioning. Vinci fainted and banged his head in the fall. His friends later found him dead.

    Among those being treated in hospital is the mayor of Sicily's Sant'Agata di Militello, Bruno Mancuso. Another two adults being treated in hospital are not in serious condition.

    The foreign ministry, through its general consulate in Fiume, is in contact with the family in Croatia to assist them.

    Eugenio Vinci, 57, had spent part of his professional life in Molise. He moved to the region in the 1980s as director general of Pop 84, a textile company in the province of Isernia. In the 1990s he was the vice president of the regional Assindustria business association. His job then took him to Rome, at the Dico group, a large food retail chain. (ANSAmed)
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