British student, 21, suffers serious injuries after falling from balcony while trying to climb into his flat during Saloufest

  • 21-year-old locked himself out of flat after night out during sports festival
  • In serious condition in hospital with broken collar bone and head injuries
  • Controversial holiday revolves around alcohol-fuelled partying

By Hugo Gye

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A British student has been seriously injured after falling from a balcony this morning during a notoriously raucous university sports festival in Spain.

The 21-year-old was rushed to hospital around 2am following the plunge at the resort of Salou on the Costa Daurada in Catalonia.

He is believed to have been attending Saloufest, an alcohol-fuelled holiday event involving students from various British universities.

Injuries: A 21-year-old student (not pictured) has fallen from a balcony while on holiday at Saloufest, which is pictured last week

Injuries: A 21-year-old student (not pictured) has fallen from a balcony while on holiday at Saloufest, which is pictured last week

The man, who has not been named, suffered multiple injuries including a broken collar bone and head injuries.

A police report said he had locked himself out of his third-floor flat after returning from a drunken night out.

He tried to climb his way in, but lost his grip and plummeted to the ground.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fall.

 

The victim was among more than 4,000 undergraduates who have been enjoying the second week of Saloufest.

Revellers have been pictured indulging in marathon drinking sessions in public lasting until dawn.

In addition, a British woman was found on the town's beach this morning showing 'signs of having suffered a sexual assault', according to police.

She was completely naked, and said she could not remember what had happened to her because she was too drunk.

This is not the first time that Saloufest has resulted in controversy.

Booze-fuelled: The holiday, pictured last week, is notorious for students' heavy drinking

Booze-fuelled: The holiday, pictured last week, is notorious for students' heavy drinking

Three years ago, a British student told police she was raped on the beach by a fellow holidaymaker during the festival.

Locals claim students ignore by-laws banning them from drinking on the beach, and accuse police of turning a blind eye to behavour such as vomiting and urinating in the streets.

However, tour organisers insist they enjoy good relations with the residents of Salou.

City officials said before this morning's incident that just two students had been fined for drinking in public this year, compared to 10 in 2012.

ILOVETOUR, the company which runs Saloufest, confirmed that 'a male student attending our Saloufest event has sustained injuries in a fall from a first floor hotel balcony at the Mariposa Apartments in Salou, Spain in the early hours of Wednesday 3rd April.'

The firm's statement continued: 'Saloufest night staff, emergency services and police were on the scene within minutes and the patient is receiving medical care in a local hospital and is said to be in a stable condition.

'The health and safety of all customers is of paramount importance to ILOVETOUR and our resort team is working to establish how and why this happened.

'Saloufest advises students to drink responsibly and look after their team-members.'

Incidents: Locals have previously complained about the behaviour of British holidaymakers in Salou

Incidents: Locals have previously complained about the behaviour of British holidaymakers in Salou


 

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

I love salou and been there 9 times and would go again!

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My housemate was at Saloufest last week with one of her sports teams. I'm a pretty broad-minded, average student but some of the things I heard went on when she was there almost made my hair curl. I guess anything can happen when you're drunk - I just hope the lad is ok.

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Cricket, my son is there at the moment. He told me he was on a football tour organised by Brighton University. What the hell!- susie , norfolk, United Kingdom, 03/4/2013 19:09 SORRY SUSIE, it seems lots of folks sons and daughters say that... well it is true it is a football tour and it will be organised by his UNi so not totally untruthful... just every year they all go a little wild there....

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I've been to Salou - grotty holiday destination.

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Saloufest was the best week of my life i want to go back! when you have that amount of people drinking there is bound to be accidents doesn't matter what age they are or if they are students or not things like that happen all the time!

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So sad, I hope he recovers.

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May God heal him fast

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@adam please check your facts and please read the report again. I can assure you that the balconys in Spain for turitistic holiday apartments are designed to meet european/british standards or they would not be contracted by british tour operaters. In this case the person in question was locked out and instead of going to reception for a copy of the key tried to climb from one balcony to another and fell... The point being that even if the balcony was 10 cm higher than health and safety law requires he would still unfortunately have fallen.

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@adam please check your facts and please read the report again. I can assure you that the balconys in Spain for turitistic holiday apartments are designed to meet european/british standards or they would not be contracted by british tour operaters. In this case the person in question was locked out and instead of going to reception for a copy of the key tried to climb from one balcony to another and fell... The point being that even if the balcony was 10 cm higher than health and safety law requires he would still unfortunately have fallen.

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wendywoo123 , norwich, United Kingdom, wrote:"Where the heck is the Costa Daurada ??????" That's catalan language for 'Costa Dorada', which probably will be best known for. It's located in Tarragona province.

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