Thirteen balcony jumping cases this year so far
The Foreign Office and the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) have launched a campaign to help prevent balcony-related incidents for young people on holiday.
Insurers have seen a rise in the number of people falling from balconies while abroad, nick-named ‘balcony jumpers’.
Balcony-jumping figures in Majorca and Ibiza resorts have already matched those of 2011, despite only being halfway through the holiday season.
There have been nine cases in these resorts, with the majority of incidents involving people aged 18 to 35. Alcohol is often involved.
Overall, there have been 13 cases this year, with three deaths.
ABTA predicts that around three million young holiday makers will head overseas this summer. Those travelling to resorts in Spain, Greece and Turkey will be handed leaflets with a case study of a balcony jumper.
Foreign Office consul in the Balearics Paul Abrey said: “We’ve already seen some tragic cases this summer which have had devastating consequences for the individuals and families concerned.
“It should go without saying these practices are extremely dangerous and can cost them their life or leave them permanently disabled. Many young people also arrive without travel insurance. The FCO can’t pay medical bills, and holidaymakers may end up paying out thousands for medical bills and flights back to the UK.”
ABTA head of destinations and sustainability Nikki White said: “Each year too many young people are permanently injured or worse because they’ve tried to climb over or dive off their hotel balcony. ABTA, the Foreign Office and tourist authorities are all working together to help raise awareness of the dangers and prevent these incidents.”