Wednesday 13 December 2017

Holidaymakers warned about balcony falls

The Sol Antillas Hotel in Magaluf, where a 28-year-old man died last year
The Sol Antillas Hotel in Magaluf, where a 28-year-old man died last year

Nicola Paris

Young travellers in the UK have been warned to take extra care on hotel balconies after a 19-year-old man died and three others were injured in falls last month.

The latest accidents take the total number of reported cases of British holidaymakers injured in balcony falls so far this year to seven.

Liam Davies died after plunging more than 130ft from his hotel balcony after a night out with friends in the resort of Sunny Beach, Bulgaria two weeks ago.

Last year there were 14 incidents of Britons falling from balconies, many of which, according to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, involved young people and alcohol.


Jon O’Shaughnessy, British Consul in Sofia, said: “Last year we had to deal with several deaths and injuries from balcony falls, and unfortunately we are already experiencing balcony accidents again.


“Our staff has seen the devastating effects a momentary lapse in judgement can have on the victim and their family and we are working hard to ensure people understand the risks.


He said that climbing from balcony to balcony, jumping off them or drinking excessively while on one “only increases your chances of something going wrong”.


“All too often these incidents cost lives but the risks can be avoided if you take a moment to just think about the possible consequences,” he added.

Earlier this month a 20-year-old man from Brighton admitted he was lucky to be alive after falling from a 15th-floor apartment in Auckland, New Zealand.

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