Friday, July 12, 2013

Turkey: Russian Tourist, 41, Falls, Dies from Hotel Balcony in Manavgat

COMMENT: Russian tourist Elena Markova, 41, died on Wednesday (July 10), after falling from the balcony of her hotel room in the town of Manavgat.

The fact that the woman fell from her hotel balcony at 0300 hours, does raise questions as to whether the victim died under suspicious circumstances.

As most of our readers know, falls from hotel balconies throughout Europe is strangely a common occurrence, often because of one of several causes:
  1. Severe intoxication;
  2. Engaging in high-risk pranks, often referred to as "balconing," whereby young adults engage in a dangerous game of jumping from one balcony to another;
  3. Fear of heights, which often results in vertigo and falling; and
  4. Suicide.
Needless to say, travelers suffering from depression, anxiety and other maladies should seek medical attention at home. Family members should take an active role in discouraging foreign travel until their illness can be effectively managed.

Travelers inclined to drink excessively, engage in high-rise pranks or who suffer from acrophobia should plan ahead and ensure that they can secure a guest room as close to the ground floor as possible.