Balconing is a word used in the Spanish press to describe the act of jumping into a swimming pool from a balcony or falling from height while climbing from one balcony to another in hotels during holidays. A spate of injuries attributed to "balconing" by the Spanish press occurred among tourists in the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Majorca in Spain in 2010 and 2011. Videos of people jumping into pools from balconies were posted on video sharing web sites such as YouTube, which were alleged to have played a role in the diffusion of the phenomenon.
Injuries and deaths
In 2010 in Spain, there were six deaths and 11 injuries related to the practice; most of them were young British and German tourists with traces of alcohol in their blood. The accidents usually occurred from 10 PM to 7 AM. Hotels have raised the height of hotel railings from 1.05 to 1.20 meters to reduce these incidents. In Mallorca 3 people died in 2017 due to this activity.
In popular culture
- The season 7 House M.D. episode "Out of the Chute" featured the titular character jumping into a pool from a balcony.
- Segura-Sampedro, Juan José; Pineño-Flores, Cristina; García-Pérez, Jose María; Jiménez-Morillas, Patricia; Morales-Soriano, Rafael; González-Argente, Xavier (2017-03-28). "Balconing: An alcohol-induced craze that injures tourists. Characterization of the phenomenon". Injury. ISSN 1879-0267. PMID 28377264. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2017.03.037.
- Giles Tremlett in Madrid (2010-08-11). "Spanish authorities warn holidaymakers of 'balconing' dangers | World news". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
- "La siniestra lista del balconing suma y sigue | Baleares". elmundo.es. 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
- El 'balconing' como fenómeno social de drogas, alcohol y juventud in elmundo.es
- Tres muertos por ‘balconing’ en menos de un mes en Mallorca in ultimahora.es
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