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Why DID three respectable young Britons fall to their deaths at the same Majorca block of flats? How


A short walk away from the neon lights and pounding music of Magaluf’s bustling main strip, the tired-looking, sand-coloured block of flats is eerily quiet at 3am. Every now and then, the raucous chatter of young revellers making their way back to nearby hotels punctures the silence.

‘Stay safe, lads!’ shouts John Channon, as one particularly rowdy group of drunken teenage boys stumbles past.

Do they take heed? Probably not. But John’s gentle admonishment is painfully heartfelt, because it is from here, in the small courtyard where he stands, that the 67-year-old’s own teenage son plummeted to his death just over a week ago.

A few hours earlier, Tom had sent his dad some photos — ‘group shots on the beach, being young and free,’ says John. They were the last carefree images he saw of his son.

Natalie Cormack a bar worker who fell to her death from a hotel Balcony in Magaluf Spain.

Although it’s comforting to see, it’s also tragic because that should have been allowed to continue,’ says John, who is determined that his journey to Majorca will yield some answers about his son’s needless death.

Bright, popular and hoping to go to university to study economics, 18-year-old Thomas Channon was the third young Briton to have fallen to his death here, in the grounds of a private apartment block called Eden Roc, in just four months.

Thomas Hughes,The boys’ deaths follow that in April of Scottish bar worker Natalie Cormack, 19, who fell as she tried to climb railings and around a gate leading into the flats, where a friend was living, after losing her keys.

With more balcony falls in Majorca and neighbouring island Ibiza since then, Tom’s is one of a rapidly rising tally of accidents — mostly involving alcohol — that have caused death and serious injury among young holidaymakers this summer.

It has led to renewed calls for better safety awareness among the hordes of Britons heading off on holiday to places where cheap booze (‘£5 for two cocktails and a shot,’ shouts one of the many promoters on Magaluf’s main street) is as much of a draw as the sea and sand.

Exactly what did happen to Tom remains a mystery. He was on holiday with a group of friends from Barry, South Wales, who had travelled to Majorca for a celebratory holiday after their A-levels, a rite of passage enjoyed by countless teens.

After watching England play Croatia in the World Cup, Tom — ‘the sensible one,’ says business consultant John — became separated from his friends.

Possibly unsure of directions, he somehow found his way to Eden Roc, a 1970s apartment block from where, across what appears to be a ‘garden’, you can just make out the whitewashed annexe of Hotel Florida, where Tom was staying.

From the front, Eden Roc appears to be only five storeys high. But, in fact, the building has 12 storeys, seven of them below pavement level.

Vegetation spilling over a low wall in the entrance courtyard gives the impression that on the other side of the wall lies a solid patch of shrubbery when, actually, there is a 70ft drop to stony ground below.

Thomas Channon, 18 is the third UK holidaymaker to die in the apartment complex this year in a series of falls

Did both boys believe — at night, in low visibility and probably after a beer or two — that they could just hop over the wall and take a short cut to their hotel?

‘If you fall from this height, you don’t stand a chance,’ says John, looking down at the spot where his son was discovered by a gardener at 9.45 the next morning.

John, who has two other sons, aged 17 and 22, at home with his wife Ceri, a midwife, has come here late at night, with Tom’s uncle Stephen O’Brien, in search of answers.

He is desperate to understand what happened to his son and why, after the first death here, nothing was done to prevent another tragedy.

He is well aware of what draws young holidaymakers to resorts such as Magaluf, where the bars start serving alcohol after breakfast and don’t stop until dawn.

But he is concerned at how needless Tom’s death was.

Tom wasn’t trying foolishly to climb between balconies or leap from a great height into a hotel pool. It seems likely that he was just trying to get back.

‘You get some people who come out here looking for trouble. But that’s not Tom,’ says John, clearly exhausted.

He was the one who opened the door of the family home to police on Thursday last week: ‘If they’d said he had been beaten up or there had been a road accident, that would be one thing,’ says John.

‘What’s terrible about this is that it was preventable.

‘We still don’t know why he went over that wall. But my big question is, why didn’t they put up a fence or barrier after Thomas Hughes died? No one has even put up a warning sign. If they had, my Tom might still be alive.’

Town hall officials have now ordered the owners of the block to take action, asking for a fence to be erected within ten days — though there was no sign of any activity when the Mail visited this week.

Attempts to locate the building’s owners for comment were unsuccessful. Gardener Sergio Narvaet, who discovered Tom’s body last Thursday, three months after he also found Natalie Cormack’s body in similar circumstances, says that he thinks the boys (Natalie was trying to reach a friend’s apartment at Eden Roc) must have become disorientated in the dark.

Thomas Owen Hughes, 20, from Wrexham was found lying dead in the same spot as Mr Channon

Culled from Daily Mail

My view: It's so sad, The tour operator should stop sending people to the apartment block until the owner do something about it, as it looks like a death trap.