Beerwatch: Firefighters rescue a boozy British tourist after he somehow passes out on TOP of a lifeguard tower in Magaluf

  • Security guard alerted firefighters after finding the man on the tower
  • His friend fell asleep on the concrete floor on the beach promenade
  • Both tourists were worse for wear after a night on a notorious party strip

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A hard-partying British tourist who passed out on a lifeguard tower after a boozy night out in Magaluf had to be rescued by firefighters after he refused to wake up. A security guard found the holidaymaker as he slept off his hangover on the roof of the tower on Magaluf Beach. His friend also went to sleep where he fell after getting his fill of booze on the Punta Ballena party strip – finding a spot on the hard concrete floor of the promenade along the beach.

Firefighters had to rescue the boozy British tourist who fell asleep on top of the tower

The beach security guard alerted firefighters after he failed to wake the man on top of the lifeguard tower. With the sun rising and the beach beginning to fill up with early-morning visitors, firefighters decided to remove the man. They had to run a ladder up the tower and wake the man as he was still worse for wear before helping him to his feet.

The man was unable to tell firefighters why or how he scaled the tower, said a local official. The men passed out after a night on the notorious Punta Ballena party strip (file photo)

The island across the water from his vantage point is Sa Porrassa – known to British tourists as Black Lizard Island – where two British tourists accidentally started a fire last June after reaching it on a rented pedalo. One of the pair, identified as 17-year-old Scot Robbie Nimmo, later claimed the fire was inadvertently started by a discarded cigarette butt and said they attempted to put it out with a sandal which melted with the heat.

Two helicopters carrying water were called in to help battle the fire which burnt about five acres of the island. A local politician later branded the youngsters as ‘reckless’ although Robbie and his friend, known only as Calum, said they had been ‘clumsy’. It is not known if anyone went to the rescue of the second drunk Brit sprawled out on the pavement in Magaluf whose sleep was unperturbed by morning walkers and joggers getting some early exercise in.

Magaluf is currently on a drive to rid itself of its downmarket image after it made headlines round the world two summers ago when a bar sex video involving a British teenager went viral. New bylaws aimed at cleaning up Magaluf’s battered image were passed by the local council in May last year with all-party support when the right-wing Partido Popular was still in charge of the town hall. They included a ban on night-time street drinking and changes to the controversial pub crawls which have afflicted the party resort.

Thousands of British tourists visit Magaluf every year for its beaches and night life

Under the modified by-laws, police were given powers to fine people consuming alcohol in groups who were making noise and being a nuisance, especially between the peak drinking hours of 10pm and 8am. The night-time sale of take-away alcohol was also banned – and bars ordered to stop customers from taking drinks with them as they moved between pubs on the brash Punta Ballena strip where 95 per cent of revellers are British or Irish. Councillors also announced cash penalties for people caught jumping from hotel balconies into swimming pools – a craze known in Spain as balconing – and men who take their shirts off away from the beach.

Last week it emerged supermarkets and mini-markets in Magaluf are set to be banned from filling their shop fronts with alcohol. A proposal to stop the practice was approved at a full meeting of Calvia Council which has control over the party resort. Last August a British holidaymaker was woken up by police after falling asleep on top of a bridge following a boozy night out on the Costa del Sol.

The tourist picked the most uncomfortable bed in Malaga after a few too many drinks at the city’s annual summer festival. Police were sent to the city centre bridge – known as the Bridge of the Germans because it was gifted to the city by Germany – after calls from worried passers-by. The fire crew brought him down in a cherry picker after finally managing to wake him.

The unnamed 40-year-old’s details were recorded and he was formally reported for disorderly conduct as well as a drugs offence. It also emerged officers who found the holidaymaker discovered a vaporiser with a small amount of marijuana and hashish inside. A spokesman for Malaga’s local police force said afterwards: ‘The arch where he was sleeping was only about a foot wide and officers who attended closed off the bridge to pedestrians at one point because they were worried he might fall on someone.

‘The firefighters were called so they could bring him down safely.

‘He was very disorientated.

We found a vaporiser with marijuana and hashish inside and he was reported for possession of illegal drugs as well as the public order misdemeanour.’

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