12th Briton dies after holiday island balcony fall


A British holidaymaker has died after falling from a hotel balcony on the Spanish island of Menorca, despite a Foreign Office campaign to warn holidaymakers of potential dangers.

The victim, who has not been named, is the 12th Briton to have died after falling from a Spanish or a Greek hotel balcony this year.

The 41 year-old was staying with relatives at the 4-star Marina Apartments Hotel, near Ciutadella de Menorca, when the incident happened on Saturday 29 September.

He is believed to have fallen through a gap in the balcony to a garden. Admitted to Mateu Orfila Hospital in a critical condition, he was diagnosed with chest injuries and multiple fractures. He died the following evening.

Although local police are investigating the incident, a spokesman said the man died after falling accidentally.

Following a number of similar accidents, the Foreign Office recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of hotel balconies.

In June a 19 year-old Scot, Ian Knox, died after a balcony fall in Kavos on the Greek island of Corfu. 1 month earlier, Charlotte Faris, 23, died after a balcony fall at the Teix Hotel, in Magaluf, Majorca, while in April, Benjamin Harper, 28, was killed at the Sol Antillas Hotel in Magaluf.

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