Sunday, October 16, 2011

British Tourist Falls from 12th Floor Balcony in Dubai, Dies

A British tourist in his thirties tragically fell from a 12th floor apartment balcony in Dubai on Friday (October 14) to a crowed street below. The man's identity is being withheld, pending notification of next-of-kin. He had been in the UAE for about twelve days and was staying with friends at The Waves, a luxury apartment complex.

COMMENT: According to friends, the Briton had been consuming alcohol at a hotel during the day and was taken home by a friend. "He stood outside on the balcony of the apartment and apparently lost his balance and fell directly on to the main road below the building.

Witness statements given by his friends showed no signs that the man had suicidal tendencies. He apparently was on the balcony alone when he fell. Foul play has been ruled out, but an autopsy nevertheless will be performed.

Unfortunately, excessive drinking and high-rise apartment balconies rarely go together very well. When people are in such a state and are unsteady, friends should never permit them onto vulnerable balconies and never leave them alone.

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