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Ibiza balcony fall man's family give insurance warning

Ryan Elley
Image caption Ryan Elley remains in a coma with life-threatening injuries in hospital in Majorca

The family of a Portsmouth man who fell from a balcony while on holiday in Ibiza are urging people to make sure they take out travel insurance.

Ryan Elley, 20, broke his back in three places, punctured his lung and fractured his skull in the fall.

He had gone on a last-minute trip to the Spanish island on 9 August and did not take out travel insurance.

His family and friends have raised £8,000 of the £15,000 needed for an air ambulance to fly him back to the UK.

He remains in intensive care in hospital in Palma in Majorca, where he was transferred after the fall, with his family at his bedside.

Mr Elley, from the North End area of the city, had flown out to join friends in Playa d'en Bossa and the accident happened on the same day he arrived.

His father Simon Elley said Ryan fell from a second-floor balcony at the Jet Apartments in the resort but nobody saw it happen.

He said his friends found him on the floor below the balcony and and later contacted Ryan's family.

Mr Elley said: "Just one little accident can change your life forever.

"You have got to be a little bit careful because it could ruin everything."

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