British holidaymakers warned to cut out hotel balcony stunts

Young British holidaymakers are warned to cut out the hotel balcony stunts after shocking rise in fatalities

  • Doctor Segura has recorded a message in conjunction with the Foreign Office 
  • He warns that Britons are more likely than other nations to be hurt in stunts
  • Segura also claims that British drinking culture has a part to play in the injuries 
  • He treats ten to 15 victims a year, some of who are killed or suffer serious injury 

Britons travelling abroad have been warned to curb their dangerous behaviour after it was revealed more than half of people who injured or kill themselves when jumping between balconies are from the UK.  

The Foreign Office has released a video of a Spanish surgeon urging Britons to take care when abroad.

Juan Jose Segura Sampedro, who works at a hospital in Majorca, blamed the drinking culture in the UK for the large number of injuries sustained to British nationals abroad.

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Juan Jose Segura Sampedro, who works at a hospital in Majorca, blamed the drinking culture in the UK for the large number of injuries sustained to British nationals abroad

Dr Segura treats people who injure themselves when ‘balconing’, where people jump or cross from one balcony to another.

Research found that 61 per cent of those injured were British, the average age was 24 and 97 per cent were male.

He blamed British drinking culture on the large number of British casualties, and that he treats between ten and 15 people per year, some of who are killed or suffer serious head or neck injuries.  

Dr Segura said: ‘The typical story is a guy maybe 19 and 20-years-old. They are having fun and drinking more than usual and they start risky behaviour like climbing from one balcony and they fall.’

He added: ‘It won’t just ruin your holiday, it will ruin your life.’

Going on to talk about the risk British binge drinking culture poses, he added: ‘They come to Magaluf and it seems to be a rite of passage to drink and take risks.’

Dr Segura said: ‘The typical story is a guy maybe 19 and 20-years-old. They are having fun and drinking more than usual and they start risky behaviour like climbing from one balcony and they fall’

Last year, thee Britons aged 16 to 30 were killed in Majorca and 25 people had hospital treatment, although not all these were from balconing.

There were also a further ten cases related to rape or sexual assault.

Natalie Cormack, 19, from North Ayrshire, died after falling from the sixth floor of an apartment building in Magaluf last month.

She had returned home from working at a bar and forgot her keys and tried to get into her apartment by climbing from a friend’s balcony.

James Walton, 22, died in March after falling from the fourth floor balcony in Majorca. The Sheffield Hallam University student had been celebrating St Patrick’s Day with his friends before the fall.

Post-mortem examinations carried out shortly after the tragic incident found Mr Walton had been drinking heavily prior to the incident. 

Natalie Cormack, 19, from North Ayrshire, died after falling from the sixth floor of an apartment building in Magaluf last month

James Walton, 22, died in March after falling from the fourth floor balcony in Majorca

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