British holidaymaker in hospital after 70ft Magaluf balcony fall

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British holidaymaker in hospital after 70ft Magaluf balcony fall
British holidaymaker in hospital after 70ft Magaluf balcony fall

A British holidaymaker has been seriously injured in a balcony fall in the popular holiday resort of Magaluf in Majorca.

It is believed that Sean Kelly, 24, was climbing balconies in the early hours of the morning when he fell.

A senior officer from the paramilitary Civil Guard told the Daily Mail: "It seems that this person was climbing from balcony to balcony when he fell. It was about three o'clock in the morning."

The Daily Mail adds that he is in a "serious but stable" condition at the Son Espases hospital.

Last year, accidents and fatalities as a result of balcony falls became so common the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and ABTA The Travel Association joined forces on a campaign to help prevent balcony incidents among young people in popular holiday resorts.

Paul Abrey, Consul in the Balearics, last year told Aol Travel: "Some people have fallen whilst climbing to a friend's apartment, others have simply lost their footing after a few too many drinks and a few have deliberately jumped off aiming for the pool below.

"It should go without saying these practices are extremely dangerous and can cost them their life or leave them permanently disabled. Many young people also arrive without travel insurance. The FCO can't pay medical bills and holidaymakers may end up paying out thousands for medical bills and flights back to the UK."

Four Britons died as a result of balcony falls in 2012, while 13 cases of Brits involved in balcony falls in Spain alone were recorded.

Figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 2012 revealed there has been a rise in the number of British holidaymakers admitted to hospital while abroad, especially in popular destinations such as Spain, Greece and Egypt.

Balcony falls are the second most common cause of hospital admissions, second only to car accidents

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