Sunday, April 22, 2012

Spain: Two British Tourists Fall, Die in Less Than One Week in Majorca

As a follow-up to my August 20, 2011, "British Tourists Have a Deadly Summer on Ibiza," we have seen a reemergence of a hazardous game played by intoxicated tourists on the island of Majorca, which resulted in the unnecessary deaths of two tourist in the same resort in a matter of days.

During the early morning hours of Friday (April 20), Benjamin Harper, 28, from Twickenham, south-west London, fell from the fifth-floor balcony at the four-star Hotel Antillas while attempting to traverse balconies in a risky game of bravado. As a result, he died from his injuries.

Mr Harper's death came just three days (April 17) after Adam Atkinson, 20, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, died after falling down a stairwell he was climbing at a nearby hotel.

COMMENT: Although it is sad when any life is lost before the person's time, yet alcohol-fueled pranks can have irreversible results.

Consequently, an appeal goes out to the parents of young adults to appeal to their children not to engage in a game often referred to as "balconing," which involves jumping from one balcony to another after a night of heavy drinking.

The Balearic Islands are an archipelago of Spain in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The four largest islands are: Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

Last year (2011), nearly a dozen foreign tourists were either killed or seriously injured throughout Europe after engaging in "balconing,"

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