Scottish Daily Record
Sunday, June 17, 2012
A SAILOR who had his hand crushed in an accident while on duty says plans to restart his life have been scuppered by pen-pushers.
Craig Smith, 26, from Arbroath, left the Royal Navy on Friday with nothing to rebuild his shattered life because the Service Personnel & Veterans Agency have not dealt with his case.
The electrical engineer had planned to leave the Navy to begin a career as a professional musician.
But on his final tour of duty last summer, patrolling the waters off Somalia, Craig had his right hand crushed aboard his ship and now cannot fulfil his dream to be a musician.
He said: “I planned to go to university to study music management instead.
“But the SPVA have dragged their heels over deciding what compensation and disability allowance I should receive for so long now, I can’t enrol at university this year.
“I’ve been told it could take at least nine months before they even look at my case.”
Craig, who appeared on the hit Channel 5 series War Ship, was painting the metal cover on top of a weapons lift last June when it slipped and trapped his hand for an hour.
Nerve damage and torn tendons mean he can’t play musical instruments any more.
Craig’s MP Mike Weir said: “The delays by the SPVA in dealing with his case are simply unacceptable.”