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Magaluf miracle as Kelso teen survives 40ft fall

Nineteen year old Jack Fairbairn from Kelso in hospital recovering after balcony plunge.

Nineteen year old Jack Fairbairn from Kelso in hospital recovering after balcony plunge.

A Kelso teenager escaped serious injury after plunging 40ft from a hotel balcony just hours after arriving in the Majorcan resort of Magaluf.

Jack Fairbairn, 19, was with three friends when he fell from the third floor on to a concrete surface near a swimming pool just before 6am on Wednesday (July 9).

He was rushed to the Son Espases Hospital with head and arm injuries and was reported to be in a serious condition.

But it later emerged he had needed only four stitches inserted in a head wound.

At the family home in Kelso, his mother, Helen, said he had been extremely fortunate to escape serious injury.

The 46-year-old nursery nurse said: “He is a very lucky boy. He fell from a third-floor balcony, but he is going to be OK.

“However, he can’t come home as he has got stitches in a head injury. But I don’t really want to go into what happened.”

Friend Colin Adams posted a picture of Jack recovering in hospital on social networking site Facebook and wrote: “Luckiest lad alive. Falls off our third-floor balcony and all that’s wrong with him is four stitches in his head. Never been so happy to see somebody again.”

Jack, who previously worked as a golf greenkeeper, had flown to Majorca a few hours earlier in the hope of finding summer work.

Police are investigating the possibility he lost his balance while trying to leap between balconies or attempting to jump into the swimming pool, a practice dubbed “balconing”, which has become popular on YouTube.

It has been blamed for a string of deaths and near-misses involving British holidaymakers in resorts such as Magaluf and San Antonio on the neighbouring island of Ibiza.

 

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