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Another Brit Dies in Hotel Balcony Fall

Ibiza HotelOn Friday, another British holidaymaker died in a fall from the third-floor balcony of his hotel. Samuel McCaughey, 23, fell at a popular San Antonio resort and was taken to Can Misses hospital, the main medical facility on the holiday island. However, he was pronounced dead soon after he arrived.

Friends are cited saying that the accident happened around 7:45am while the resort’s guests were watching the sun rise. He is said to have been trying to walk the wall of the balcony after drinking during the night. A spokesman for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) confirmed that a British national died on July 29 in San Antonio, Ibiza; and they are providing consular assistance to his family. Spain’s paramilitary Civil Guard is investigating the circumstances surrounding his death as well.

McCaughey is now the third Briton to die on holiday in a week, while dozens have fallen from balconies this summer alone in Ibiza and Majorca. During a row with another hotel guest, 25-year-old Jodie Taylor fell from the third floor of her hotel in Ibiza on Saturday, July 23. Police say she was arguing with someone in a room above hers at the time of her fall. Hotel staff are said to have intervened prior to her fall due to complaints.

Taylor suffered severe injuries, and her heart quit beating by the time paramedics got to the scene. A spokesman for the Civil Guard said that they don’t think she was attempting to climb to the other balcony, which is usually how these falls happen. This seems to be a tragic accident, he added, and their investigation continues. At the same resort, 24-year-old Roberto Marcuccio died in a 30ft fall from his balcony last month.

On Sunday, July 24, 17-year-old Tom McNeill was on holiday in Bulgaria with a friends family when he is believed to have fallen asleep while sunbathing before falling over the edge of the first-floor balcony to his death. He had just phoned his family the day before to check in and wish his brother a happy 15th birthday. His parents were travelling to the Sunny Beach resort to bring his body back home. The FCO confirmed it was providing consular assistance to the family.

In the early hours of Wednesday, July 13, an ambulance was called to the Playa d’en Bossa resort on Ibiza when 20-year-old Jodie Nieman fell ill. She was rushed to a hospital with a heart attack, but after battling to save her life, paramedics pronounced her dead after arriving. It was suspected that she had taken an overdose of ecstasy, and a police spokeswoman said that her cause of death was being investigated. The FCO said it was providing her family with consular assistance.

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