Friday 18 August 2017

Fears Irish holidaymaker may be paralysed after falling from balcony of Ibiza hotel

Ian Begley

There are fears a young Irish holidaymaker might never walk again after he suffered a fall from a first-floor balcony into a pool on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

The 27-year-old was taken to the island hospital Can Misses before being transferred to Son Espases, on Majorca, after the plunge.

The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday confirmed the victim is Irish. A spokesman said it was providing consular assistance. The incident took place at the Hotel Piscis in the early hours of yesterday.

Injuries

The hotel is on the party resort of San Antonio. It is feared the victim suffered life-changing spinal cord injuries.

"A 27-year-old Irishman has been transferred in a critical condition to Can Misses Hospital and subsequently Son Espases Hospital in Majorca," a local health service source said.

"He fell from a first-floor balcony into a pool."

The Piscis Hotel was the scene of tragedies involving British holidaymakers two years ago. Andrew Watson (32), from Newcastle, was found dead on the floor of his room on June 8, 2015. The death was linked to drugs at the time.

Scottish man Robert Gillespie (26) died just days before, on May 30, 2015, at the same two-star hotel after plunging from the fifth floor during a stag party.

Robert, known as Fraser, played two years for semi-professional West Lothian side Blackburn United FC, making 76 appearances for the side between August 2008 and November 2010.

In 2014 a British tourist posted a video on Facebook of a friend risking his life and injury to others by jumping from the roof of a hotel into its swimming pool. Tourists could be heard screaming as they tried to get out of his way. He is thought to have done it as part of a dare for a small amount of money.

Local authorities have been trying to stamp out the dangerous practice, known as balconing, with fines.

There is no suggestion the Irishman who is in a critical condition was engaging in that practice. The hotel is now called Hotel Piscis but in 2015, at the time of the tragedies, was known as Hotel Piscis Park.

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