Crew of a luxury yacht in Puerto Banús go on hunger strike over dismissal

José Luis and Mercedes protest in Puerto Banús.
José Luis and Mercedes protest in Puerto Banús. / JOSELE
  • They want swift action to be taken to stop the owners moving the My Clansea to another jurisdiction to avoid their legal action

The captain and crew member of luxury yacht My Clansea, which is berthed in Puerto Banús, are on hunger strike after claiming they were unfairly dismissed following the death of the yacht's previous owner, a British multimillionaire.

José Luis Sánchez and Mercedes Ylenia Cárdenas began their hunger strike last Friday, and they are asking for the yacht to be embargoed as a preventive measure so it cannot be moved to another jurisdiction to avoid the legal action. They also want the owners' bank account embargoed until their claims for outstanding salaries and compensation are met.

They say they were being forced to work very long and anti-social hours with no time off, but the crunch came when they were sacked after they complied with the regulations and reported a group of under-age youngsters who were drinking and taking drugs on board.