A BRIT holidaymaker is fighting for his life after falling more than 20ft from a balcony as he tried to retrieve his smartphone headphones.
The 19-year-old, who has not been named officially, suffered serious injuries as he plunged from the third floor in front of his horrified girlfriend.
Her screams alerted neighbours and emergency services rushed to the scene and the man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was last night said to be in a critical condition.
The drama happened in Florence, Italy, a popular destination for travellers and last night forensic officers and local prosecutor Alessandra Falcone were examining the balcony as part of a criminal investigation.
A police source said:”The guy is lucky to be alive. He climbed over the railing to get his headphones which had fallen onto a ledge below.
”As he then climbed back over the railing gave way and he fell backwards hitting some stone coving and flower pots before landing in the courtyard.
”He has severe injuries to his head from the fall and also from being struck by debris as the balcony gave way. The girl he was with was treated for severe shock.”
The apartment has been closed while an investigation is carried out to see if building regulations have been broken.
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Police sources said the pair had been drinking heavily before the accident and several wine bottles had been found in the apartment which had been rented for a week.
Last night local sources in Florence named the injured Brit as Jack Foley from Lancashire.
In a statement the Foreign Office said:” We are assisting a British man who has been hospitalised in Florence, and our staff are offering support to his family.”
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