Irish tourist, 33, rushed to hospital after Portugal balcony fall left him with severe head injuries

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AN IRISH tourist has been rushed to hospital with severe head injuries after plunging from a hotel balcony in Portugal.

The alert was sounded just after 5am this morning when the man plunged from the third floor at the Hotel Brisa Sol, in Albufeira.

 Local police are believed to be investigating whether the injured tourist had been drinkingSolarpix Local police are believed to be investigating whether the injured tourist had been drinking

The 33-year-old man, believed to have been on holiday with his parents and his wife, was helped by paramedics before being taken to hospital nearby Faro.

An investigation into the incident was underway today although it is not believed at this stage to be crime-related.

Local sources said the man was unconscious when he was found and had severe head injuries.

He is believed to have ended up sandwiched between a wall and an air conditioning unit.

 The 33-year-old man is believed to have been on a family holiday at the Hotel Brisa SolSolarpix The 33-year-old man is believed to have been on a family holiday at the Hotel Brisa Sol

Hotel Brisa Sol describes itself on its website as a “luxury four-star establishment with a wide selection of apartments and studios.”

No-one from the hotel was immediately available for comment.

Local police are believed to be investigating whether the injured tourist had been drinking before the incident happened.

A police source said: “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.”

Irish stag do reveller Daryl Dargan, from the Lakeglen area of Portlaoise, Co Laois, died last year in the same Algarve resort.

He was found dead in his apartment by friends after a night out in the resort last May.

Locals said afterwards the group of men he was with had been partying before his body was found.

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