AN Uber passenger was still charged his £18 fare — despite “nearly dying” when his cab plunged into the sea.
Businessman Nick Christoforou, 31, and colleague Sophia Toon, 23, had to swim for their lives after their taxi drove off the end of a jetty.
Nick said: “One minute I was in the back of an Uber heading home, and the next I was in the sea.”
He went on: “I managed to get the car door open and got to the surface to find the others.
"If I wasn’t in a fit and able state we would all be 100 per cent dead.”
The real estate worker from Cockfosters, north London, was on a work trip to the South of France when he booked a car via the popular Uber app.
Sophia were picked up at 1.30am in Cannes by a driver in a Citroen DS5.
Nick said: “All of a sudden I felt falling.
"Five seconds later and the car was filling up with water.
“Even now I am not certain what caused it.”
The route the car travelled and its landing point
The car sank into water 3m (10ft) deep at Port Pierre Canto, a marina for 500 yachts in the city, which hosts Cannes Film Festival each year.
Nick swam to the nearest boat and pulled the others to safety.
The driver was breathalysed and found to be sober.
Uber driver plays game on his phone as he speeds along busy London street
No arrests were made.
A police spokesman said: “Luckily the car sank slowly, allowing some time for the occupants to get out safely.”
Source : The Sun.