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Balearic parties bring 'balconing' tragedies

Balearic parties bring 'balconing' tragedies
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The Spanish call it ‘balconing’ – holidaymakers who try to jump from one hotel or apartment balcony to another, or into the pool below.

Often they have had a few too many. In the Balearic islands, four young men are reported to have died this summer after stunts went wrong.

“It’s been shown that when all these cases happened, they were the result of people having consumed too much alcohol or other substances,” said Sebastián Darder from a hotel managers association.

The practice is not new, but in the words of one hotel receptionist, ‘this year looks like a plague’.

Within the space of a few days, one hospital in Majorca admitted three young tourists who had all fallen from balconies. Two of the accidents happened in Magaluf, a popular resort for Britons in particular.

A local government official said in a destination like the Balearics with twelve million annual visitors, some accidents were inevitable.