British man dies in fifth floor balcony fall on stag do in Benidorm


British man plunges to death from fifth floor balcony on stag do in Benidorm

A British man has fallen to his death from a fifth floor balcony just hours after arriving in Benidorm for a stag do.

Alan Clare, 35, an amateur rugby player from Warrington, Cheshire, plunged to his death after he became locked out of his hotel after returning from a night out in the Costa Blanca resort, reports the Daily Mail.

It is believed he was trying to get on to the balcony from an open window. A passerby witnessed the incident, and alerted hotel staff, who found his body on a first floor terrace.

Alan was part of a 13-strong group who had flown to Benidorm on Thursday for a stag do that was set to last until Tuesday.

The accident occurred at the four-star Los Dalmatas Hotel in the Rincon de Loix area near the Levante beach at around 3am on Friday.

According to The Sun, a source said: "There is no evidence of any foul play. Everything is pointing to a tragic accident caused by excess alcohol."

Mr Clare was known as Bundy to friends, and played rugby for the Bank Quay Bulls rugby league club.

Friends have been posting messages of condolence online, with one, Georgina Ashburner, writing: "It is heartbreaking and so hard to believe that a champ like you has gone. Such a gent. RIP honey and make the angels dance."

Following Mr Clare's death, a British Embassy spokesman warned young holidaymakers of the dangers of bacon falls. According to the Daily Mail, a spokesman said: "Consular staff in Spain have this year assisted in a number of cases of very serious injuries - including some fatal - caused by falls from balconies.

"Such incidents are often the result of people being under the influence of drink or drugs.

"We strongly urge people to be aware of the risks and that balcony accidents do happen - with awful consequences."

In mid-August, a Welsh man died after falling 50ft from his hotel balcony while on holiday in Ibiza.

Grant Weston, 24, from Pembroke, had been on holiday with around a dozen friends when he died after a night out in San Antonio.

At the beginning of August, a British holidaymaker died in a 20ft balcony fall in Ayia Napa, Cyrpus.

Kona Gamble, 21, an electrician from Leicester, was enjoying a holiday with 11 friends.

And, back in July, British father-of-three, Craig Knapp, 31, from Dundee, Scotland, was on a family holiday in the popular tourist spot on the island of Majorca when he died after falling from his hotel balcony.

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