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British holidaymaker in serious condition after Majorca balcony fall

A British holidaymaker is recovering in a Majorca hospital after plunging 70 feet from a balcony in the club resort of Magaluf.

The Civil Guard in Majorca has reported that 24-year-old Sean Kelly was apparently climbing between balconies at his hotel at 3am and fell from the seventh floor.

He was taken to Majorca’s main hospital Son Espases, where he is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

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A member of the Civil Guard said in a statement:

“It seems that this person was climbing from balcony to balcony when he fell. It was about three o'clock in the morning.”

The incident is believed to be the first of its kind on the Balearic island of Majorca this holiday season – in 2012, four young British adults were killed in balcony falls and a further 10 were seriously injured.

The craze of climbing between balconies is known as balconing and youngsters on holiday in Magaluf have also been injured after tombstoning from balconies – when they dive from a balcony into the hotel swimming pool below. Many sustain spine and head/brain injuires, leaving them with permanent or life changing injuries, including paralysis and in the case of catastrophic head/brain injury, quadraplegia.

ABTA and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office launched a campaign in 2012 to highlight the dangers of engaging in risky behvaiour like balconing after heavy drinking sessions or after taking recreaional drugs on holiday in party resorts like Magaluf.

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Dated: 10/06/2013

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