December 3, 2022

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British tourist dies plunging seven floors from balcony

A British holidaymaker has died after a horror fall from the seventh floor of a Magaluf hotel described as “not the typical fall of a drunken tourist”.

Video footage of the fall shows how the 34-year-old unnamed male died instantly after falling from the Hotel Malia South Beach, with police now investigating.

One onlooker in the video can be heard calling the man “crazy” as he walked along the edge of the balcony before falling.

Civil Guard sources say they believe he could have been under the effects of alcohol or some type of substance due to his “strange” behaviour before the incident.

A Civil Guard spokesman confirmed the incident had happened around 8.30am this morning.

The spokesman said: “The dead man is a 33-year-old British man. “There is nothing to suggest this incident is in any way linked to a crime and we are treating it as an accident at this moment in time.”

A well-placed source close to the case added: “He plunged from the seventh floor of a hotel called South Beach in Magaluf.

“We think he may have been drunk at the time because of the way he was acting before the incident but it is really is too early to say for sure what has happened here.

“At the moment it is being treated as an accident rather than a crime although the dead man is thought to have been with other people when this drama occurred.”

The unnamed British man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was later confirmed that the man was staying at the hotel with a member of his family.

A spokesman for Calvia Council said: ““Some witnesses have said they heard shouting before the incident which could be indicative of an argument.

The man is thought to have died instantly
The man is thought to have died instantly

“As we understand it he fell from an overhang on the balcony glass railing he had got onto.

“The local police’s initial impression is that this fall was not the typical fall of a drunken tourist who’s fooling around and loses his balance but the investigation is now being led by another police force which is the Civil Guard.

“It will be up to them and a judge coordinating the probe to determine exactly what has happened.”

On May 3 an Irish tourist was rushed to hospital after falling from a second-floor apartment in the nearby holiday resort of Santa Ponsa.

The 50-year-old was described as “serious” when paramedics drove him from the scene to Son Espases Hospital in the island capital Palma.

Sources said he was unconscious with head injuries when they arrived and smelt of alcohol. He was stabilised at the scene before being taken to hospital.

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