Briton fell to his death jumping between 5th floor hotel balconies in Spain after all-day drinking session
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:09 PM on 21st October 2009
Victim: Andrew Henderson fell to his death attempting to jump between balconies on the fifth floor of a Spanish hotel
A drunk British holidaymaker plunged to his death attempting to jump between balconies on the fifth floor of a Spanish hotel, a coroner ruled today.
Andrew Henderson had been on an all-day drinking session when he decided to try to jump across three high terraces to get into the room of two friends.
The 21-year-old was enjoying a weekend away with his friends Lee Major and Alan Ashworth at the Torremolinos Beach Club Hotel in Spain when the tragedy happened.
Recalling the events leading up to Mr Henderson's death on April 19 this year, Mr Major said: 'We had been drinking all day and were all drunk - Andrew was the same.'
The inquest heard that the friends had started drinking beers at their hotel at lunchtime before moving on to a local bar to watch a football match on television.
They continued drinking all afternoon and then returned to the hotel for a meal at around 6pm, before heading down to the hotel bar.
Mr Major said that he and Mr Ashworth returned to their double room between 1am and 2.30am after the 'long session'. At this point Mr Henderson disappeared, feeling the worse for wear.
However, rather than returning to his single room, he went back out to a number of bars alone and was next seen by the hotel's night receptionist at around 5.30am. He had to be helped to his room because he was so intoxicated.
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At 8.45am the following morning Mr Major and Mr Ashworth - who were sharing a room two doors down from Mr Henderson - were woken up by another guest and told that their friend had fallen from his balcony.
His shoes were found laid out on the balcony floor.
He was taken to Malaga hospital but despite surgery, died of multiple injuries sustained in the fall.
Torremolinos Beach Club Hotel
Tourist destination: Andrew Henderson had been on an all-day drinking session when he fell to his death at the Torremolinos Beach Club Hotel
The inquest was told that Mr Henderson, of Windsor, Berkshire, had been spotted by other guests jumping across the balconies earlier on the holiday but had told them he was 'playing with his friends'.
Recording a verdict of death by misadventure, Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford said: 'This was not an unusual scenario. Young men going abroad, lads together having a lot to drink over a period of days.
'The conclusion I have come to is that there does appear to be evidence that Andrew had been jumping back and forth between balconies and it happened on one or more occasions.
'It is reasonable to say he was worse for drink at the time that he fell. Having returned back from a drink on his own he was taken back up to his room by a receptionist.
'At some point thereafter, we can't be sure when, he has jumped from his balcony with a view to get to Lee and Alan's room and he has fallen.
'He suffered injuries that led to his death.'
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