Another teenager dies after falling from hotel balcony in Bulgaria

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An 18-year-old Dutch tourist has died after falling four storeys from the balcony of a hotel room in Bulgaria's Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach.

The Sofia Globe reports that the Dutch tourist checked into a hotel room on the third floor on June 29. After an evening out to celebrate his birthday he visited his friends' room and fell from the balcony. According to a police report, he died instantly. reports that this is the third incident of its kind at the resort in the past two weeks: on June 16 a 19-year-old man from the UK died after falling 10 storeys from his balcony and, on June 27, a 22-year-old German tourist was reported to be in a coma after a four-storey fall.

In the first incident, Shaun Liam Davies, from Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, went to get cash after a night out. His three friends later found his body below the 10th floor balcony.

In the second incident, a German tourist suffered serious injuries after falling from his balcony after binge drinking with friends.

The British embassy in the Bulgarian capital Sofia has now launched an information and prevention campaign called Holiday Hangover, in a bid to raise awareness about the risk of balcony falls. Three British tourists died at the resort last year after falling from balconies.

The Sofia Globe reports that the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has also issued a travel advisory to British holidaymakers to "take care on balconies in popular holiday hotspots."

Jon O'Shaughnessy, British consul in Sofia, told the Sofia Globe: "Unfortunately we are already experiencing balcony accidents again. Our staff have 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."

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