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Second British holidaymaker dies in Magaluf hotel accident within three days

A second British holidaymaker has died at a popular Spanish holiday resort, with the deaths only three days apart.

The first accident occurred on Tuesday 17 April, when 20-year-old Adam Atkinson of Castleford West Yorkshire is believed to have fallen down a staircase at Magaluf hotel, the Martinique.

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On Friday (20/04/12) 28-year-old roofer Benjamin Harper from Twickenham, Middlesex, fell to his death from a fifth floor balcony at Magaluf’s four-star Sol Antillas hotel in Majorca.

It is thought Mr Harper may have been trying to climb across balconies at the hotel when he fell – the Sol Antillas is near to the hotel where Mr Atkinson died earlier in the week.

However, Mr Harper’s father Kenneth said that his son was leaning over the balcony when he fell:

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

Mr Atkinson – who died earlier in the week – had reportedly been drinking heavy before trying to climb a staircase at his hotel. It is though he lost his balance and slipped and fell down the stairs.

He was taken to Son Espases hospital in the island’s capital Palma but died from injuries sustained in the fall.

In 2011, more than a dozen British holidaymakers were injured in falls at Spanish hotels and three died from their injuries.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed it is providing consular assistance to the family of Mr Harper.

Dated: 25/04/2012


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