Friday, June 28, 2013

Global Impact: German Tourist, 22, in Coma After Falling Four Floors from Black Sea Hotel Balcony

A German tourist, 22, remains in a coma after falling four floors from the balcony of his hotel room in Bulgaria’s popular Black Sea summer resort of Sunny Beach on June 26.

Prior to the tourist's fall, the victim had been taken to hospital early in the morning. The man had spent the night out with two friends, booked in the same room, who reportedly were asleep when the incident happened.

The young man remains in intensive care in Bourgas and is listed in critical condition.

COMMENT: Earlier this month, a 19-year-old tourist from the UK died after falling  ten  floors from the balcony of his hotel room in Sunny Beach. The incident occurred at 0300 hours. 

In a number of summer resort destinations in Europe, a dangerous and macabre practice has emerged, primarily among young adults, who engage in jumping from balcony to balcony in a bizarre form of bravado after a night of drinking.

In recent years, there have been well over 20 cases in a number of European resorts whereby young tourists have been seriously injured or killed.

In analyzing the selection of  low-rise and high-rise falls from hotel balconies, it is generally safe to say that hotel guests need to be cautious and prudent when on hotel balconies.

If they can't be cautious and prudent, then they should be staying on the ground floor or the Mezzanine, where they cannot be harmed.

Unfortunately, unchecked intoxication and high-rise hotel rooms generally don't mix well.

In point of fact, jumping from one balcony to another high above ground has little difference from playing Russian Roulette.

Although the British Foreign Office has specifically warned Britons, as part of its annual Holiday Hangover information and prevention campaign, to exercise caution when spending time on the balconies of their guest-rooms, this program seemingly has been ignored.

Sadly, if intoxicated young adults lack the common sense to avoid high-risk behavior, and their parents' cautions have fallen upon deaf ears, the one recourse that parents possess is to not help their offspring financially  engage in high-risk behavior that might potentially end their young lives prematurely.

It is far better to have an argument between parents and a son or daughter than it is to bury them well before their time.

See the following link to an article in THE SOFIA GLOBE: