British tourist, 19, falls to his death from fifth-floor apartment at Spanish resort

A 19-year-old British holidaymaker has died after plunging from a balcony on Spain’s Costa Brava resort.

The teenager died instantly after falling from his friend’s fifth-floor apartment in Lloret de Mar – after being smuggled in.

Investigators say they were treating the death as an accident.

The tragedy happened around 6.20am today at the £60-a-night Apartmentos Trimar in Lloret.

The teenager has been named locally as Luke Freeman, who is believed to be from Wokingham, Berkshire.

There were no immediate tributes on social media from his friends, who were travelling back to the UK today in a state of shock after being questioned by police as part of a routine inquiry.

Luke, who had several friends staying at the apartments he plunged from although he was not a guest there and was staying at a nearby apartment block, was also scheduled to return to Britain this evening.

An investigation is underway but local police sources said everything was pointing to the teenager’s death being an accident.

His friend’s have been questioned by police but were flying back to the UK today.

A spokesman for the Mossos d’Esquadra force said: ‘I can confirm a British man has died after falling from a fifth-floor balcony in Lloret de Mar.

‘He was on holiday and was staying at the tourist apartment where the incident happened.’

The unnamed teenager is understood to have been on holiday with friends, and was staying at a nearby hotel.

A source close to the investigation said: ‘It appears he had a group of six friends staying at the apartments where the tragedy happened but he was not a guest.

‘The friends had been told when they checked in that they couldn’t bring back people who were not guests with them but they were caught twice trying to smuggle friends in and seem to have managed to get the pal who died into the apartments shortly before the tragedy.

‘Some of them were on the balcony with him when he fell.

‘They have gone to the local police station to give statements.’

The source added: ‘The friends are in a terrible state and have been crying. One of the friends raised the alarm and rushed down to reception shouting.’

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: ‘We are assisting the family of a British man who died in Lloret de Mar and are in contact with the Spanish police.’