A holidaymaker left fighting for his life today relived the terrifying moment he was ambushed and stabbed repeatedly with a broken bottle.
Danny Binks, 20, was set upon by a gang of up to 15 men after he was accused of stealing a watch from a shop in the Turkish resort of Bodrum.
As he fled down an alley, witnesses say he was attacked by a man who stabbed him four times in the chest.
The Poulton-based joiner was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery to his heart, liver and lung.
The former Montgomery High School pupil was in intensive care until yesterday following the savage attack on Friday night which happened in front of his terrified girlfriend Remi Simpson.
Today, speaking from his hospital bed in Bodrum, Danny told The Gazette: “It all happened so fast.
“We had been for a meal and went into a shop to buy some things.
“We went to another shop and this guy chased us saying I had pinched a watch from his shop, which of course I hadn’t, and said I needed to go back to the shop to be searched.
“It was really intimidating. All of a sudden there was 15 of them there – I had no chance. Before I knew it they were battering me. I had wounds all over me. We managed to get away but then the man appeared and stabbed me.
“I don’t remember much after that apart from sitting on a chair pressing my T-shirt into my side where all the blood was.”
Remi, 21, a project manager at a Lytham construction firm, said: “When Danny went back to the shop the shopkeeper tried to lock him inside. There were 15 or 20 of them there with metal poles and other weapons. He didn’t stand a chance.
“It was awful, I just couldn’t do anything. There were lots of people trying to help and get them off Danny. I felt sick at seeing Danny being attacked like that.”
Blackpool FC fan Danny, of The Lapwings, Poulton, who was on holiday with Remi and her mother Nicola, 42, and her partner Daniel, suffered stab wounds to his chest, a severed liver and cuts to vital arteries.
He underwent major surgery and has now been moved to a ward.
Police arrested one man after the incident and were due to interview Danny today.
Until that happens, he isn’t allowed to leave the country – with friends now trying to raise money to pay his spiralling hospital bill.
Danny, who has been going out with Remi for almost 12 months, said: “Depending on what the police say I may have to go to court due to the seriousness of the offence.
“Until then I can’t go home. I’m in a lot of pain. All I want to do now is go home. It’s a nightmare.”
The family is now facing the prospect of a five-figure medical bill, interpreter costs, accommodation and new flights.
They fear it could spiral to more than £20,000 – with no guarantee the insurance company will foot the cost.
Remi added: “I have spoken to my bank NatWest who I am insured with and they can’t say whether they will pay out or not until they have got the hospital report and police report.
“They have got the medical report now but obviously not the police report until Danny has been interviewed.
“My mum has to fly home on Wednesday and I’ll be staying here. It’s so scary, it’s horrible. We just don’t know how long we will be here.”
Danny’s friend Dave Palmer, 23, has flown out to Turkey to be at Danny’s bedside.
He said: “We have set up an account to which people can make donations to help pay for the medical costs and the response has been great so far.
“By yesterday afternoon it was already up at £715 in just a few hours.
“Danny is going to be off work for a while whatever happens so we are grateful for all the help anybody can give us.”
To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/b45gyw?pc=fb_cr
Bodrum is a small town situated in the Province of Muğla, which in recent years has become a popular tourist destination.
Around 1.5m British tourists visit every year.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the hospitalisation of a British national in Bodrum, Turkey on July 4. We are providing consular assistance.”