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An Irish holidaymaker has been found seriously injured and smelling strongly of alcohol after plunging from his balcony at a block of holiday flats in Majorca.
The man, who is said to be 50 years old, is in hospital after falling from the second floor of an apartment complex building in Santa Ponsa, which is part of the district of Calvia and Magaluf.
Officers from the Civil Guard and Calvià Local Police as well as ambulance crew arrived at the scene and found the man unconscious and giving off a ‘strong smell of alcohol’, reports the island newspaper Ultimahora.es.
Paramedics stabilised the man and he was transferred in a serious condition to the Son Espases hospital near Mallorca’s capital city of Palma.
An Irish holidaymaker has been found seriously injured and smelling strongly of alcohol after plunging from his balcony at a block of holiday flats in Magaluf (file image)
The man, who is said to be 50 years old, is in hospital after falling from the second floor of an apartment complex building in Santa Ponsa
The Civil Guard is investigating the incident but ‘everything indicates that the man fell by accident due to the large amount of alcohol that he had ingested,’ local media reported. The extent of his injuries are not known.
Fines have been levied for several years in Majorcan party resorts like Magaluf and Santa Ponsa for the practice known as balconing, which was originally coined to describe tourists jumping from their balconies into pools below but now covers things like balcony plunges by people trying to climb between apartments.
In August 2018 a British holidaymaker cheated death after plunging from a Magaluf sixth-floor balcony at the start of August while reportedly relieving himself.
It later emerged he checked himself out of hospital – without waiting for doctors to give him the all-clear – before police could hand him his fine.
The incident occurred on the same day that Majorca’s tourism leaders met with British representatives to hit home the island’s ‘zero-tolerance’ to drunken tourists in Magaluf now coronavirus travel restrictions have been eased.
Magaluf says it is expecting a big influx of British tourists this summer which will bring the once-renowned party hotspot back to life.
But they are stressing they do not want to see ‘disgraceful’ scenes of previous years repeated, including fighting involving Brits and drunken escapades.
Representatives from The Hotel Business Federation of Mallorca (FEHM) and the Calvià Town Hall met with the UK’s Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott, and the Consul General Lloyd Millen. All the parties involved highlighted the return of British family tourism to Palmanova-Magaluf and also to Playa de Palma.
The mayor of Calvià, Alfonso Rodríguez, said a significant recovery of the British market is expected but stressed there ‘will be inflexible in the application of the decree of excesses.’
Paramedics stabilised the Irish man and he was transferred in a serious condition to the Son Espases hospital near Mallorca’s capital city of Palma (file image)
President of the FEHM, Maria Frontera said: ‘Family tourism in the United Kingdom returns again, which is great news, and to this we must add the total agreement between administrations and the private sector to achieve a change in trend and eradicate excess tourism.’
To influence this type of tourism, the Balearic Government and the British Government have published a brochure to deliver to young British people who come to Mallorca and stay both in hotels and in the tourist rental offer.
‘The message has to reach everyone to eradicate uncivil behaviour,’ said the FEHM on Tuesday.
Just two years ago, parts of Magaluf had to be closed down because drunken antics were out of control.
The resort is now desperate to change its party image and to attract ‘quality tourism’ and is continuing its crackdown on drinking in the street, alcohol offers and pub crawls.
Fines will be handed out for any Brits caught flouting the rules and they can be ejected from their hotels.