Irish 'Good Samaritan' stabbed in Ibiza
AN IRISHMAN is recovering in hospital in Ibiza after being stabbed when he tried to break up a fight.
Good Samaritan Darren Higgins (21) was slashed in the head, arms and stomach just before 4am yesterday morning after rugby-tackling a man who was attacking another holidaymaker in the party resort of San Antonio.
He underwent an emergency operation for wounds which included a 20-centimetre cut to his stomach after being rushed to a nearby accident and emergency unit.
Speaking today from his bed in Ibiza's Can Misses Hospital, Darren, from Kildare, said: "It was all a bit of a blur. Instinct just took over.
"I remember rugby-tackling the guy and then feeling what I thought was a blow to the back of my head until I realised there was blood pouring from it.
"I went to put my T-shirt round my head to stem the flow of blood and that's when he slashed my stomach.
"I didn't see the weapon but I think it was a knife.
"I've got seven wounds in total including two slash wounds to my arm and two to my head and a 20-centimetre cut to my stomach that's had to be stitched up.
"The doctors have said I'm going to be okay and I'm feeling better than I was.
"To be honest I don't think it's sunk in yet how lucky I've been.
"I was just trying to do the right thing and stop a fight.”
The incident happened in Santa Agnes Street, in the heart of San Antonio's West End area, an area made up of a few streets and one long bar strip. Darren is currently working in Ibiza.
The spot where Darren was hurt was opposite a bar called Viva.
Police on Ibiza confirmed today they were still hunting Darren's attacker and another man believed to have been involved in the incident.
A source close to the case said he believed the Irishman had been attacked with a broken bottle.
The English tourist they were chasing when Darren stepped in, a 21-year-old named locally as Arthur Collins, is thought to have been treated in a local health centre.
Darren said: "I haven't even had time to tell my parents about what happened yet so I'm going to be calling them as soon as I get a chance.”