Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Are they mad or just too drunk to know better

The 23-year-old, named as Harvey Hoyte-Bone from Farnham in Surrey, is in intensive care with one leg fractured in several places after plummeting around 70 feet form a hotel balcony. His fall shortly before 4am on Monday, after a night out in Mallorca drinking with a friend, was broken by a sunshade on a lower balcony.

Police are investigating whether he was trying to jump between balconies at the apartment block in the popular resort of Palmanova near Magaluf when he lost his balance and fell.The craze has already seen four people admitted into hospital on the island in the past fortnight and on neighbouring Ibiza a 24-year-old holidaymaker died in what is believed to be the first "balconing" mortality of the year.

The number of balcony accidents has soared over the last two summers leading emergency services in the Balearic Islands, to issue warnings about the "balconing" craze. An estimated thirty people were admitted into hospital with serious injuries last summer after leaping from balconies often in an attempt to reach a swimming pool below, and there were at least six deaths recorded.

Hundreds of videos posted on You Tube show groups of friends filming themselves as they leap from balcony to balcony or make death defying leaps into swimming pools below.

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