A BRIT fighting for his life after plunging from a third-floor apartment in Spain had been bingeing on laughing gas and alcohol, police revealed today.
The man, 31, smashed his head when he plunged from the third floor of a holiday apartment in San Pedro de Alcantara, near the popular tourist resort of Marbella.
The incident happened at around 7pm on Monday and the man is currently in hospital in a serious condition, according to medics.
Investigators have now confirmed he was high on nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or hippy crack, and alcohol at the time of the incident.
“The British 31-year-old who plunged from a holiday apartment in San Pedro had been partying with friends and consuming nitrous oxide and alcohol before throwing himself off the balcony according to the results of the investigation,” a police spokesperson said.
“The effects nitrous oxide have on peoples’ nervous system, including hallucinations and delirium linked to its consumption, could have caused this incident.”
Police concluded he was not pushed and are not treating the incident as a crime.
He is said to have been rushed to hospital with a severe head injury and damage to internal organs as well as multiple fractures.
Local reports said he had tried to jump into the swimming pool below the third-balcony during a party with friends, a practice known as “balconing”.
Malaga newspaper Sur said he missed the water and instead hit a sunshade next to the pool before crashing to the ground.
Emergency responders spent nearly 40 minutes stabilising the injured man at the scene before he was taken by ambulance to the Costa del Sol Hospital, a 20-minute drive away.
He was subsequently transferred to another hospital in Malaga and admitted to intensive care.
The man was rushed to a hospital in Malaga[/caption]
A teenage girl was admitted to a hospital in Marbella in a separate incident on Sunday after consuming laughing gas and alcohol and jumping out of a moving car before throwing herself off a bridge.
Balconing is the term given to the practice of either trying to climb on to balconies or from one room to another, or to try and jump or dive into a swimming pool below.
It has become a common practice especially in holiday destinations such as Spain, with local authorities issuing warnings several times.
In 2019, Spanish police handed fines to three holidaymakers in Magaluf after they launched themselves from balconies into a swimming pool.
The fines are between £530 and £1,300 and can also apply to anyone who encourages a friend to have a go at balconing.
Balconing has become popular among tourists[/caption]
Officials handed fines to balconing tourists[/caption]
The same year a young Brit Freddie Pring, 20, died after falling from a Magaluf balcony during a lads’ holiday.
The rugby player was found lying on the ground close to death near a tobacco shop after falling from the second floor of the Wave House Hotel.
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Despite the efforts of the police and emergency services, he passed away at the scene.
Last year another Brit plunged to death from the seventh floor of a Marbella hotel, killing another local on the ground.
The 50-year-old man fell from a luxury Costa del Sol hotel and killed a 43-year-old Spaniard who was having a drink in the terrace below.
Nitrous oxide is used in surgery and dentistry for its anaesthetic and pain reducing effects.
On average around five people a year are said to die after inhaling the gas.