South West Wales

Welsh tourist who fell from Majorcan balcony conscious

A holidaymaker seriously injured after falling 35ft (10.6m) from a hotel balcony in Majorca has regained consciousness.

Aled Davies, 28, from Felinfach, Ceredigion, fractured his skull and broke a leg early on Wednesday.

He is due to have surgery to treat his head injuries on Saturday.

He was holidaying in the resort of Port d'Alcudia with girlfriend Nia James.

According to Miss James, he may have been sleepwalking, as he has been known to do before.

His mother, Kay, 51, has flown out to be at his side.

Staff at the hospital on the island where he is being treated say he is doing as well as can be expected.

Mr Davies is believed to have suffered a skull fracture close to his left eye.

Police investigating his fall say they are treating it as an accident and there is no sign that Mr Davies had been drinking heavily beforehand.

The couple were staying at the five-star Lago Garden hotel in the resort on the north of the island.

His family said they feared Mr Davies, who was 28 on Thursday, could lose movement in his eye as a result of his injuries.

His brother Rhydian Davies, 32, who farms a 30-strong beef herd on the family's 200 acre farm, said the family were "all in shock".

He said: "It was only a couple of weeks ago we were listening to a programme on the radio about people falling off balconies while on holiday.

"We were told Aled and Nia had gone out for the evening, had a few drinks and went back to the apartment.

"The next thing we knew he stumbled out of the window over the balcony and landed on the floor.

"The first I knew of it was when I was in work and my sister phoned to tell me what had happened.

"I was told that I needed to take my mum's passport to Cardiff so she could get the next flight."

Foreign Office officials told the family about the incident during the early hours of Wednesday.

'Eye movement'

Mr Davies, a Cardiff University business graduate who is a project manager at a mentoring business, and Miss James, a television worker, live together in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff.

Mr Davies said Miss James was "devastated".

He added: "He has broken his leg and fractured his skull. He may lose movement in his eye because the muscle has been damaged.

"The break on his leg is high-up but they can't operate until the swelling in his head has gone down.

"We are just stunned and trying to cope. We want to get Aled back as soon as possible when he is fit and healthy enough to travel."