A BRITISH youngster is fighting for life after a 26-foot fall from a cliff near a hotel on the holiday island of Formentera.
The unnamed boy, who had just turned 13, suffered a “severe” head injury according to health officials.
The alarm was raised just after 1pm local time yesterday as firefighters rushed to the scene along with local police, Civil Guard and paramedics mobilised by a regional government-run emergency response centre.
The youngster was pulled from the sea unconscious by emergency responders before being taken to a nearby jetty so he could be rushed to hospital.
He was initially taken to Formentera Hospital before being transferred by helicopter to a second hospital on another of the Balearic Islands, with the exact hospital yet to be unconfirmed.
The circumstances surrounding the incident, which happened around 1.30pm yesterday in Punta Prima on Formentera’s north coast, is under investigation.
The injured youngster is understood to have been enjoying a trip with an outdoor activities firm at the time.
The spot where the incident occurred is by steps below the Hotel Club Punta Prima where youngsters have been filmed in the past jumping into the sea from cliffs.
There was no immediate suggestion the British youngster who was hurt had jumped from height, with officials describing it as a “fall” in their initial comments.
Staff at the Hotel Club Punta Prima said they were aware of the incident but confirmed the youngster was not staying at the establishment.
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Online videos show youngsters jumping into the sea from cliffs at Punta Prima today, although it is unclear if this is connected to the 12-year-old's horror fall.
A spokesman for the Civil Guard in Majorca confirmed: “We are investigating the circumstances.”
A local health source said: “The boy who has fallen is a youngster aged 12 who is of foreign nationality.
“He fell from a height of around eight metres (26 feet).
“He was taken to Formentera Hospital and then transferred by helicopter to Son Espases Hospital inn Majorca.
“He has suffered a serious head injury and is in a critical condition.”
An 18th-century tower called Torre de sa Punta Prima, offering fantastic views of the ocean is a popular beauty spot where tourists go to take pictures.
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