A 19-year-old tourist from the UK died on June 16 after falling 10 storeys from the balcony of his hotel room in Bulgaria’s popular Black Sea summer resort of Sunny Beach.
A statement by the local office of the Interior Ministry said that police had received a report of the incident in the early hours of June 16.
The British tourist, who arrived in Bulgaria on June 10, had returned to his hotel by taxi and had gone to his room to fetch cash to pay the fare.
When the man did not return, the taxi driver, accompanied by a member of the hotel staff, went to look for him. The door to the room was opened by the man’s girlfriend and it was then that it became clear that the man had fallen from the balcony, the statement said.
A post-mortem is to be conducted and an official investigation has been initiated.
There were a number of reports of such falls from hotel balconies at Sunny Beach and other resorts in 2012, with at least one fatality, and falls from balconies also were reported in previous years.
(Photo: Mariana Ivanova Ruseva)