Spain holidays: FCO update travel safety advice after spate of balcony deaths in Majorca | Travel News | Travel

Spain has been a top holiday spot for years, but a spate of deaths and serious accidents in the country have forced the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to issue new travel advice.

Just yesterday, a British man is in a critical condition after falling from a balcony in Ibiza.

Majorca, meanwhile, has been the location of the deaths of three Britons who fell from their balconies at the same hotel in three separate incidents.

Sharing advice on the FCO website, wrote: “There have been a number of very serious accidents (some fatal) as a result of falls from balconies and walls.

“Many of these incidents have involved British nationals and have had a devastating impact on those involved and their loved ones.

“Don’t take unnecessary risks around balconies, particularly if you’re under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Your travel insurance may not cover you for incidents that take place on a balcony or if you were under the influence of drink or drugs when it happened.

“You should familiarise yourself with the layout of your hotel and accommodation block when you arrive. Always follow the safety advice of your hotel and/or tour operator if staying in a room with a balcony and watch out for friends who may be at risk.

“Some local councils will impose fines to those caught behaving irresponsibly on balconies or practising ‘balconing’.”

Spanish Calvia Council has urged the Eden Roc resort to block off the dangerous areas of the block where the three Britons fell from.

They have warned modifications must be carried out to prevent it from happening any further.

At least two of the tourists fell from a 70 foot “walkway of death” between the blocks.

In April, bar worker Natalie Cormack died after trying to climb around an overhang to her door after forgetting her keys.

In June, 20-year-old Tom Hughes died after falling near the entrance when he confused the apartment block for his one.

Just last week, Thomas Channon, 18 also died for the same reason and mistook the 12-storey block for his own accommodation.

A friend of his who went to the spot where he fell warned that the wall was “way too low” and was just knee height.

They explained: “Something has to happen now. It shouldn’t take all these kids dying to make sure proper precautions are in place.”

The area they fell has been blamed for looking like “a garden” but in actuality is a 70-foot drop.

A Calvia Council spokesman explained in a statement: “Although the building is a private apartment block and not a hotel, the council can require modifications be made to address safety issues.

“A letter went out last Friday requesting fencing is put up around the most dangerous areas within 10 days and a safety project is presented to the local authority within a month.”

Source : EXPRESS

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