Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bulgaria: Irish Tourist, 41, Falls from Hotel Baclony, Dies

An Irish tourist, 41, on holiday with her boyfriend, 40, tragically fell from a guest room balcony late on Sunday (June 17) at Bulgaria's Sunny Beach and died instantly. The couple was staying at the Poseidon Hotel. The woman died of fatal head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.

COMMENT: Unfortunately, the majority of hotels in Europe are designed more for for enjoying the sun and relaxing on balconies rather than preventing falls. As most of our regular readers will note, a good number of my nearly 1,300+ postings concern falls from balconies.

Considering that many tourists on vacation also drink while abroad, there is an inherent risk of falling from balconies if tourists intend to party. Consequently, for such travelers, selecting ground-level accommodations can be a safer choice. On the other hand, ground-level guest rooms sacrifice majestic views and place guests at greater risk of external crime.

Tourist and travelers who suffer from acrophobia are well advised to select guest rooms on the ground level.

Sunny Beach is a major seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, located approximately 35 kilometers north of Burgas. It is the biggest and most popular holiday resort in Bulgaria and is home to over 800 hotels with more than 300,000 beds. There are also 130 restaurants and numerous live music bars, pubs, nightclubs, discos and cafes. It has been undergoing continuous expansion for many years.