British woman dies in fall from Benidorm apartment balcony

BENIDORM: Holiday capital of the Costa Blanca

A BRITISH woman has died after plunging from a 10th-floor apartment balcony in Benidorm on the Costa Blanca report Spain’s  National Police.

The 25-year-old fell from the terrace of an appartment block on the Calle Almería in the Rincón de Loix area, commonly known as the ‘British district’.

As yet, the victim has not been named as her next of kin need to be informed.

Her death this morning was said to be instant and police are investigating how it happened.

The Consulate in Alicante will be offering her family all necessary support.

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    • Roy Peters

      30 April 2017 • 10:47

      So many people have died from balcony falls, and the reason for this is that the railings around them are not high enough. On our balcony the railings only come up to the bottom half of the hip and it would be easy to fall.
      The spanish builders need to raise these railings up to waist height at least. They just do not do their job properly.

    • robert Anderson

      30 April 2017 • 12:24

      Too many people over the years have died from balcony accidents in Spain. Clearly there is a massive shortfall in building regulations there. Maybe the solution is to boycott the whole country for a full holiday season and force the Spanish authorities to realise that we demand change, they do after all earn billions of Euros every year from tourism and should take responsibility for changes to be made.

    • Brian Eagleson

      01 May 2017 • 10:26

      Comments blaming Spanish balcony design may be a bit hasty. Scottish media sources are carrying reports that a man has been arrested in what is now a murder inquiry.
      My heart goes out to the unfortunate victim’s next of kin. Parents don’t usually expect to outlive their children – especially if their daughter’s death turns out to be the result of a murder at a drink and drug fuelled hen party. Perhaps a more important issue than balcony design would be to consider tougher measures to deal with the behaviour of many Brits abroad.
      Furthermore, the condition of the balcony railings, while important, may or may not be relevant in this case. There is no information available on that so far. Perhaps, instead of just blaming the Spanish for everything, British owners of high-rise properties could consider spending a little money on their own homes. Getting a builder in to upgrade their balconies to safer standards could save lives.


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