Irishman critically injured following Ibiza balcony fall
AN IRISHMAN is critical after falling from a hotel first-floor balcony in Ibiza.
He was taken to the island hospital Can Misses before being transferred to Son Espases on Majorca after the plunge.
Initial reports described him as a 27-year-old British holidaymaker although hospital sources said he was Irish.
The incident is sad to have happened at the Piscis Park Hotel in the party resort of San Antonio in the early hours of this morning/yesterday morning (FRI).
He is feared to have suffered life-changing spinal cord injuries which could affect his chances of walking again.
It is understood he may have hurt himself after plunging from the first-floor of his hotel into a swimming pool.
A local health service source confirmed: “A 27-year-old Irishman has been transferred in a critical condition to Can Misses Hospital and subsequently Son Espases Hospital in Majorca.
“He fell from a first-floor balcony into a pool.”
The Piscis Hotel was the scene of a double tragedy involving British holidaymakers two years ago.
Andrew Watson, 32, from Newcastle, was found dead on the floor of his room on June 8 2015.
The death was linked to drugs at the time. Friends later raised more than POUNDS 7,000 to fly his body home as he did not have travel insurance.
Scot Robert Gillespie, 26, died on May 30 2015 at the same two-star hotel after plunging from the fifth-floor there during a stag party.
Robert, known as Fraser, played two years for semi-professional West Lothian side Blackburn United FC, making 76 appearances for the side between August 2008 and November 2010.
In 2014 a British tourist posted a video on Facebook of a friend risking his life and injury to others by jumping from the roof of a hotel into its swimming pool - a practice known locally as balconing which local authorities have tried to stamp out with fines.
He is thought to have done it for a tenner as part of a dare.
Other tourists could be heard screaming as they try to get out of the way.
The holidaymaker named on Facebook as the person who jumped bragged afterwards: “Stop worrying, it’s done now. Sure my dad has some sillier things.”
Another Facebook user added: “Would he be a legend if he didn’t make the pool. No. I don’t really think you should call him a legend, more like an idiot.”
There is no suggestion the Irishman who is in a critical condition was engaging in that practice.
The hotel is now called Hotel Piscis but in 2015 was known as Hotel Piscis Park.
Pictures on TripAdvisor show graffiti left by guests on a bed headboard which reads ‘C##t crew.’