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Young Brits abroad warned about risky activities

Filed under: Research and Statistics — Posted by: Mark on January 4, 2012

Following a tragic accident that left his son paralysed, the father of former rugby player has warned young holidaymakers about taking risks whilst enjoying their holidays.

Chris Haynes, a 23-year-old from Bubbenhall Village was left paralysed after diving into the sea from a beach in Magaluf. Chris, who had been heavily partying the night before, did not judge the depth of the water, and plunged head first into an unseen sandbank, leaving him with a broken neck.

He was immediately rescued by his close friend, Luke Hobb, whilst medical attention was on the scene quickly. However, though further damage was minimised through Mr Hobb’s efforts, there was nothing that could be done to save Chris’ mobility.

Confirming the news that his son will remain wheelchair bound for life, Mr Haynes senior said Chris would continue to live a full life, and is handling his rehabilitation well. He also took the opportunity to warn others heading off to party abroad to, “ be careful, (as) there are dangers out there”.

It was also revealed that whilst a humanitarian gesture by the insurance provider helped meet the £12,500 cost of the air ambulance, no other costs would be paid for as Chris had alcohol in his blood system.

This prompted Mr Haynes to also warn people to

“check (their) level of cover (and terms)”

Following the accident, Chris was treated in a local Spanish hospital where he received the appropriate care, until he was able to be repatriated to the UK.

He is presently in University Hospital Coventry, where his treatment and rehab continues.

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