Taking action to help prevent balcony incidents abroad

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LONDON. August 16. KAZINFORM There have been 13 incidents of young people falling from balconies so far this year, three cases resulted in death while others have been seriously injured.

The Foreign Office and ABTA - The Travel Association, have joined forces on a campaign to help prevent balcony incidents among young people in popular holiday resorts, the press service of the UK Embassy in Astana said.

In Majorca and Ibiza, for instance,  two of UK's top tourist destinations, there have been 9 cases - already matching figures for 2011, despite only being half way through the season. Most incidents involve young people between the ages of 18 and 35 and whilst not always the case, alcohol often plays a part.

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."

ABTA predicts around 3 million young holidaymakers will head overseas this summer with Spain, Greece and Turkey favourite destinations.

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