Second British holidaymaker in three days killed in Spanish hotel fall

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A 28-year-old man from Twickenham in Middlesex has become the second British holidaymaker to die in an accident at their Magaluf hotel within three days.

Balcony Accident Abroad

On Tuesday (17/04/12), 20-year-old Adam Atkinson fell down a staircase at the Hotel Martinique after reportedly drinking heavily and died at Son Espases hospital in the capital of Majorca, Palma. It is thought he had just turned 20.

On Friday (20/04/12), roofer Ben Harper reportedly fell from a fifth floor balcony while trying to climb across to another balcony.

His father Kenneth denies however that his son was trying to move between balconies at the time of his death.

“It looks like he popped out on to the balcony for a cigarette, leaned over and fell. No foul play was involved.”

Last year more than 12 British holidaymakers were injured in falls from Spanish hotels and three died from their injuries.

It is thought the trend for “balconing” – trying to climb across hotel balconies at height – may be fuelling the death rates.

Tombstoning – a trend for jumping into swimming pools from balconies and other elevated locations – has also fuelled accident rates among younger holidaymakers to popular resorts like Spain.

Earlier in April, 21-year-old Oxford University student Luke Parry sustained severe injuries when he plunged from a second floor balcony at his hotel in Lloret de Mar, Spain.

Commenting on Mr Harper’s death, a police spokesman in Majorca said.

“It’s a shocking start to the holiday season to have two men die at the same resort in less than a week.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that it is providing consular assistance to Mr Harper’s family.


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