A view of the Steamer Wharf complex in Queenstown. Photo by
An Australian tourist affected by alcohol received
serious injuries after he fell 4m on to cobbled tiles last
St John staff and police were called to the Steamer Wharf
building, in downtown Queenstown, after the 42-year-old man
fell from a stair balustrade in an internal courtyard of the
building, Southern District Command Centre deployment
co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Dave Scott, of Dunedin, said.
The man was taken to Lakes District Hospital with serious
head and back injuries after the fall about 9pm.
The man, who was intoxicated, attempted to ''slide down a
railing on a flight of stairs, lost his balance and fell
about one storey'', Snr Sgt Scott said.
Sergeant Tracy Haggart, of Queenstown, said the man had been
denied entry to the SkyCity Wharf Casino just before the fall
because he was intoxicated.
Bryce Whall, head chef at Finz Seafood and Grill restaurant,
said he heard an ''almighty crack'' as the man landed and
then a woman, apparently the man's wife, screaming.
Mr Whall was told the man attempted to slide down the
balustrade after his brother successfully did.
Minus5 Ice Bar barman Jaffe Santos was just metres away when
he heard a ''massive thump''.
''To my surprise, I just saw a man lying here with blood all
over his head.''
The man's brother put him in the recovery position, Mr Santos
said, but he did not move for about a minute.
''I was pretty scared by then.''
However, he recovered and by the time he was stretchered into
the ambulance he was smiling, Mr Santos said.
Early on July 24, a 19-year-old Australian died from injuries
he received after falling from a balcony on to a concrete car
park at the Glebe Apartments.
He had been staying with friends at the hotel and had been
drinking alcohol before the incident.
In 2009, a 25-year-old English backpacker fell about 10m to
his death from the roof of Base Backpackers in Shotover St.
A 24-year-old Invercargill man fell to his death at the Glebe
Apartments after gaining access to the courtyard and climbing
to the roof in 2008.
His friends described him as ''quite intoxicated'' at the
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