A young British man of nationality was critically injured in the early hours of Sunday morning after a fall from six meters high in Playa del Inglés, in the southern Gran Canaria municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana .

The main 112 Emergency and Security Coordination Centre received an alert no long after midnight. It was reported that 21 year old had fallen from a height of about six meters on the Costa Canaria promenade, near the Don Palomón hotel complex, and that he was lying on the grounds of the bungalows Santa Ana.

The local police, together with the staff of the SUC Canarian Emergency Services, attended the scene where the young man was found to have a serious head injury.

The primary diagnosis, made at the scene, was that the patient was in critical condition, so he was urgently transferred to the main Insular Hospital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria due to the severity of the injuries.

Police sources have said that the injured man is of English nationality, and a resident on the island with part of his family. Family members were also at the scene and travelled to the hospital in the capital of Gran Canaria.

Sources at the scene ruled out that the incident was related to a case of “balconing” (balcony jumping) since the young man appears to have fallen from the promenade above, overlooking the Anexo II area of the Playa del Inglés main beach area; they added that it could have been related to excessive consumption of alcohol.