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Hotels ordered to install safety nets

22 September 2010 14:25

Hotels ordered to install safety nets

This season has seen the start of a new craze which, so far, has caused the death of six people in Ibiza.

Known as ‘balconing’ the activity involves people jumping from hotel room balconies into the swimming pool below, or jumping from one balcony to another.  

In response to the latest fatality, hotels in Ibiza have been ordered to improve safety and reduce the risk of future accidents by installing safety nets.  Some hotels have already started to implement new safety measures with cage railings and netting being fitted to windows and balconies.

The most recent incident involved a 26 year old Italian, who fell from a seventh floor balcony. As well as fatal falls there are also incidents of people falling and being taken to hospital for treatment.  20 year old Ryan Elley remains in intensive care, after falling from the second floor balcony of a hotel in Playa d’en Bossa in August.

Most cases have involved young tourists who were intoxicated.  Tourists are being warned to stop taking part in this activity and Spanish police have announced that anyone who defies the pan will be fined up to €300 and could be sent home.

Travel Insurance Specialists World First also advised travellers that if they have an accident while under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substance, their travel insurance policy will be void and will not cover them for medical assistance whilst abroad.