"Last year we had to deal with several deaths and injuries from balcony falls, and unfortunately we are already experiencing balcony accidents again. Our staff have seen the devastating effects a momentary lapse in judgement can have on the victim and their family and we are working hard to ensure people understand the risks" said Jon O'Shaughnessy, British Consul in Sofia.
He continued by adding "Accidents can and do happen and climbing from balcony to balcony, jumping off them or drinking excessively while on one only increases your chances of something going wrong. All too often these incidents cost lives but the risks can be avoided if you take a moment to just think about the possible consequences."
ABTA predicts around 3 million young holidaymakers will head overseas this summer and young people travelling out to resorts will be handed leaflets which include the story of Jake Evans. Jake also tells his story in this emotional video: (Please be aware this video contains images of serious injury so may not be suitable for all viewers)
Paul Abrey, Consul in the Balearics, said: “We’ve already seen some tragic cases this summer which have had devastating consequences for the individuals and families concerned. This year there’s been a particular spike early on in the holiday season with figures already matching last year’s. Some people have fallen whilst climbing to a friend’s apartment, others have simply lost their footing after a few too many drinks and a few have deliberately jumped off aiming for the pool below. 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.”
Please take care of yourselves, your friends and your family this summer and drink responsibility.
To view the ABTA/Foreign Office Leaflet "Booze and Balconies Don’t Mix" please click here. (Please be aware this leaflet contains an image of serious injury so may not be suitable for all readers)