Teen who died in Magaluf is third Brit to die in fall at same apartment block
A British teenager who died after falling 70ft from a Magaluf apartment block has become the third UK holidaymaker to die in a fall at the complex this year.
Spanish police said Thomas Channon, 18, fell from a balcony but friends claimed he fell from a walkway after stumbling over a wall.
His body was found in the gardens of the private apartment block Eden Roc by a gardener on Thursday morning.
Thomas of Rhoose, near Barry, South Wales, was on his first ever holiday with friends to celebrate completing his A levels.
His dad, business consultant John, 67, and midwife mum Ceri, 49, are understood to have flown to Mallorca, Spain.
Thomas is the third British holidaymaker to have died in an apparent balcony fall in the Eden Roc this year.
In April, bar worker Natalie Cormack West Kilbride, Scotland, fell from the Eden Roc apartment block after trying to edge her way along an overhang after she discovered she didn’t have keys to get in – and fell seven floors.
And last month Tom Hughes, 20, of Wrexham, North Wales, died at the same block – and MirrorOnline previously reported that he also fell to the ground.
Parents of Thomas Channon’s heartbroken friends have now brought their own sons home from Spain – and demanded action over the low-walled walkway.
One mum, who asked not to be named, said: "We went to where Thomas fell and the wall is way too low. It’s about knee height.
"When you look at it there are loads of trees and bushes beyond the wall which gives the impression there’s a garden, but there’s actually a 70ft drop.
"Something has to happen now. It shouldn’t take all these kids dying to make sure proper precautions are in place.
"The caretaker who found him was crying to us saying ‘this cannot go on, something has to change’.
"But the hotel has done nothing to tape off the walkway or put warnings in place.
"Three kids dying here this year is just unbelievable. We’re furious. There are kids going out tonight and nothing is being done."
She said Thomas has wandered away from his group of school friends at around 4am on Thursday morning and had entered the Eden Roc apartment building which was next door to the Hotel Florida where he was staying.
Police believe he may have got lost as he made his way home.
Neighbours of their four bedroom family described the family as "lovely" said Thomas was a "very polite" young man.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "We do not know what has happened but it is very sad.
"They are such a lovely family and always very friendly and always say hello.
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"Thomas and his brother are lovely boys and always very polite.
"It is just so sad."
Another neighbour said: "They’re lovely neighbours. Really good people.
"We’ve not heard anything but they have been having visitors, mostly young men with their dads."
The neighbour said father John was seen carrying bags was picked up by two friends in a car on Friday morning.
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