AN IRISH tourist has been rushed to hospital after plunging from a hotel balcony in the Portuguese holiday resort of Albufeira.
The incident occurred shortly after 5am this morning when the 33-year-old man fell from the third floor at the Hotel Brisa Sol, where he was staying with his parents and wife.
He was immediately assisted by firefighters and paramedics before being taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Faro.
According to local sources, the man was found unconscious between a wall and an air conditioning unit.
He had suffered severe head injuries.
An investigation into the incident was underway earlier today.
Hotel Brisa Sol is described as a “luxury four-star establishment with a wide selection of apartments and studios.”
A well-placed police source said: “We do not suspect a crime. The Irishman who was hurt was on holiday with his family and it appears to have been an accident.
“He didn’t reach the ground because he got stuck between the wall and an air conditioning unit on his way down.
“Nevertheless he had severe injuries and was assisted at the scene by medical emergency services.
“He is now being treated in Faro Hospital.”
Another Irish tourist died in the same Algarve resort last year.
Daryl Dargan from Portlaoise, Co. Laois was found dead in his apartment by friends after a night out last May.