A FERRY crossing turned into a nightmare for an East Kilbride man when he woke up with his clothes in flames.
Jamie Bailey, 28, admits he has no idea what happened but the incident has left him with horrific first, second and third degree burns.
The distraught chef thinks he may have been the victim of an early morning attack while he slept in the bar of the Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry.
And he is furious with the ferry company, DFDS Seaways, for refusing him an air ambulance because his injuries ‘didn’t warrant’ emergency air support.
Jamie claims staff on board also asked him to sign a letter of indemnity to liability and says he believes no incident report was logged.
Since the horror attack in April, Jamie says he has been left traumatised by the fear of not knowing what happened to him.
He claims he is also suffering from night terrors and insomnia from the pain of his injuries and is to undergo trauma counselling.
Jamie told the News the permanent scarring on his back has left him “mortified”.
He said: “I have no idea what happened that night. As it stands there is no one to blame, so I can only blame myself right now.
“I feel so helpless because I can’t get closure – I want answers. I feel I should have been given better medical attention.”
Following a day of drinking on the journey to a friend’s stag weekend, events took a frightening turn when Jamie fell asleep in an upstairs bar.
Around 1am Jamie awoke suddenly in “mind-numbing” pain to discover his back, shoulders and hands were on fire.
He explained: “After a few drinks I fell asleep at a table on the eighth floor bar. Most of my friends were either asleep, or back in their room.
“I suddenly awoke in extreme agony and quickly realised my clothes were on fire. The bartender assisted in removing my shirt and putting out the flames. I grabbed my shirt to extinguish the flames and burned my hand which instantly blistered to the size of a grape.
“I didn’t see anyone around me at the time, however, there were around 20 to 30 people in the bar when the incident occurred.”
The News understands there was no CCTV in the bar where Jamie was ‘attacked’.
Jamie added: “Due to the severity of my burns and extreme pain I was in, I was assisted to a first aid room by two members of staff and a friend. Once I was inside the room I was told to lie down on my front while a medic treated my burns.
“He put some sort of cream/liquid onto my back and iodine on my hands. He then wrapped a very small piece of cloth around my back and waist.
“During this time the pain was unbearable and I was completely distraught.I felt very alone, scared and vulnerable and in unbearable pain. No further assistance was offered to me so I left the medics room and went back to my cabin where I sat in agony for the next six hours until we docked in Amsterdam.
“Once the ferry docked, my friends helped me to our hotel room where I remained for the day before heading home the next day. I was in far too much pain to move.
“Back home I was taken straight to A&E at Hairmyres Hospital where they immediately treated my burns and administered proper pain relief.
“Since then the pain has been extreme. I have not been able to leave my house apart from attending the burns unit at Hairmyres which I need to visit every few days.”
Jamie, who is now seeking legal advice on the matter, added: “Since this incident I have been left physically and psychologically scarred. I have constant pain, I am suffering from insomnia and night terrors, and I am unable to carry out basic daily tasks.
“I have also been referred for psychological help so I can try to move forward with my life.”
A spokesperson for DFDS said they were unable to provide a response at this stage.