Teenager dies after watchtower partially collapsed on beach in Spain’s Mar Menor region
An 18-year-old man died on Tuesday after a late night drinking session on a beach in San Pedro del Pinatar that turned tragic.
Up to a dozen youngsters were on El Mojon beach around 2 a.m. when some of them decided to climb a wooden watchtower used by lifeguards.
The large number of them trying to enter the structure led to its partial collapse.
Several people were injured, but the 18-year-old suffered the worst as parts of the tower hit him in the head.
The teenager was pronounced dead when medical teams arrived at the scene.
A man and a woman, both 18, were taken to Los Arcos Hospital in San Javier for treatment of minor injuries.
The deceased Spanish teenager came from the Murcia neighborhood of Los Garres and was spending a summer vacation with his parents in the Lo Pagan neighborhood of San Pedro del Pinatar.
He cycled to El Mojon on Monday evening to join a group of friends.
San Pedro del Pinatar council said the watchtower was “in pristine condition” and days earlier the beach had passed certifications to qualify for Blue Flag status.
Council sources told the La Verdad newspaper that a lifeguard used the structure on Monday without noticing any problems.
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