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Ferry’s Insurers Agree on Compensation for Crew’s Families

December 17, 1987

LONDON (AP) _ Relatives of 22 crew members killed when the British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized agreed Wednesday to settlements of $92,000 to $275,000, their lawyers said.

The attorneys negotiated the settlements, totaling $4.13 million, with insurers of the Herald of Free Enterprise. The ferry capsized shortly after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on March 6, and 189 people died.

A High Court official approved the settlements, which lawyers said were expected to be paid before Christmas.

Compensation claims on behalf of relatives of passengers who were killed may be ready to go to court in the new year, said Michael Napier, chairman of a committee representing most of them.

The settlements will be negotiated on the same formula used for the crew members’ families, Napier said.

Lawyer Christopher Erving said the relatives of four other dead crew members had yet to reach a settlement.

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