Wednesday 15 August 2018

Teen (14) dies after Majorca balcony fall

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Gerard Couzens

An Irish teenager who suffered a second-floor balcony plunge at a Majorca hotel has died in hospital.

The 14-year-old is understood to have passed away yesterday morning.

His death happened at Son Espases Hospital in the island capital Palma.

Sources had said shortly before the tragic news that he was in a "very bad way" in a paediatric intensive care unit.

The youngster, who has not been formally named, was admitted to Son Espases Hospital earlier this week following his 20ft plunge from the four-star Eix Lagotel in the resort of Playa de Muro.

Accident

Police are understood to be treating it as a freak accident.

The hotel declined to make any comment.

Eix Lagotel describes itself on its website as "the ideal hotel for a family holiday".

It adds: "Its quiet location next to S'Albufera nature reserve, as well as its 400 square metres of gardens, make it the perfect place for your holidays."

Playa de Muro is a blue flag beach in the north-east of Majorca.

There have been a number of freak accidents involving fatal falls at hotels in holiday destinations this summer.

The latest death comes just a week after Seaneen McCullough, a nurse at Belfast's Mater Hospital, died in a suspected balcony fall in Turkey.

She is thought to have plunged from her hotel while enjoying a holiday with her partner and son.

Last month Jack Walsh (19) from Co Limerick also died in a fall at a hotel.

He had travelled to Santa Ponsa in Mallorca to join friends on a holiday when the tragic accident occurred in the early hours of June 12.

Irish Independent

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