ABTA warns holidaymakers of “balcony dangers”


Tourists are being warned to be careful following the tragic death of a Brit who died after plunging from a hotel balcony in Benidorm.


ABTA has issued the caution after 34-year-old Alan Clare tried to climb on to the balcony from an open window during a stag party.

The Independent reported that the amateur rugby player is believed to have been trying to reach his room on the fifth floor after finding himself locked out. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

Eight British holidaymakers have died from balcony falls in Spain in the past four years.


Nikki White, a spokeswoman for ABTA, said: “We are urging young holidaymakers to think about the potential risks of balconies.


“We see too many people permanently injured or worse because they’ve tried to climb over or dive off their hotel balcony.

“We want people to enjoy their holidays but would advise them to think about the ramifications of their behaviour abroad.


“Incidents such as these have devastating consequences for holidaymakers and for their families.By working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, tourist authorities and Abta Members in-resort, we hope to help holidaymakers stop and think about how they use their balconies to prevent more of these tragic and avoidable incidents.”


A British embassy spokesman said: “Consular staff in Spain have this year assisted in a number of cases of very serious injuries – including some fatal – caused by falls from balconies.


“Such incidents are often the result of people being under the influence of drink or drugs.

“We strongly urge people to be aware of the risks and that balcony accidents do happen – with awful consequences.


“Your travel insurance may not cover the potentially very large costs that can result from a balcony fall while you’re under the influence of drink or drugs.”




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