How to stop Brits falling from balconies in resorts?
Friday, 17. August 2012, 16:59
A campaign to prevent balcony accidents in holiday resorts has been launched by ABTA and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office following a 'spike' of incidents this year.
There have been 13 accidents where young people - usually
between 18 and 35 and often involving alcohol - fell from balconies in holiday
resorts this year. Three resulted in death while the others were seriously
In Ibiza and Majorca, there have been nine cases already
in 2012 - matching figures for 2011 - despite being only half way through the
Insurance is another issue with many uninsured youngsters
having to pay out thousands in medical bills and flights back to the UK.
As part of the campaign, young people visiting resorts
will be handed leaflets which include the story of Jake Evans, 18, from
Liverpool, who narrowly survived a fall from a 7th floor balcony last year
after a few too many drinks.
Paul Abrey, Consul in the Balearics, said: "This year
there's been a particular spike early on in the holiday season with figures
already matching last year's.
"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
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