The death of a talented rugby player who plunged from a balcony while on holiday in the party resort of Magaluf was a tragic accident, an inquest has heard.

Freddie Pring died after suffering severe head injuries following a fall from the second floor of the Sol Wave House Hotel at the Spanish resort in June this year.

The recruitment consultant, also known as Freddie MacVicar, had flown out to the popular spot on Majorca with work colleagues for a three-day incentive trip.

A coroner ruled on Thursday that, although the 20-year-old had been drinking, there was no suggestion that his death was the result of recklessness or foul play.

Freddie is one of several people who have died after falling from hotel balconies in the Spanish resort. Scots teen Natalie Cormack, 19, fell to her death at the Eden Roc apartment complex in Magaluf last year.

 
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Natalie, from West Kilbride, died at the complex in April 2018 while trying to climb from one balcony to the other. She had been working in a bar in the resort, and Spanish police believe she may have been trying to get in to her flat after forgetting her keys.

We previously told how Natalie's heartbroken mum, Lynn McLaren, shared a touching poem on her Facebook page revealing her "pain and heartache" after the tragedy.

The latest hearing, in Taunton, Somerset, was told that Freddie had gone out to eat, drink and watch the football with friends from work on the evening of June 6.

Freddie was on an all-expenses paid trip with Bristol-based Heat Recruitment as a thank you for meeting company targets.

Somerset Coroner's Court heard the group of 24 workers had arrived at the resort hours earlier and had spent the day at the pool of the hotel, the Sol Wave House.

They then went out for a meal before visiting several bars in the town.

Work colleagues said everyone was enjoying the holiday and some stayed out later than others.

"Freddie was in high spirits and clearly enjoying himself," Max Ellis said in a statement.

The Sol Wave House Hotel in Magaluf where Freddie Pring fell to his death

Senior coroner Tony Williams said Mr MacVicar was staying in a room with three colleagues who had all returned to the hotel and gone to bed before him.

Roommate Michael Taylor said he had returned to the hotel around midnight and went to bed.

"I went to sleep and later thought I heard Freddie entering the room," he said.

No one saw what happened to the recruitment consultant but a nearby supermarket worker raised the alarm at around 3am after hearing a loud noise but did not see anyone fall.

Emergency services were called but Mr MacVicar died at the scene and Spanish authorities did not treat his death as suspicious.

A post-mortem examination found that Mr MacVicar, a rugby player with Minehead Barbarians, died from a traumatic brain injury consistent with a fall.

Toxicology tests found that he had a blood-alcohol reading of 240mg per 100ml of blood, meaning he was three times the UK drink-drive limit. He had not taken any drugs.

Freddie Pring died after suffering severe head injuries following a fall from a balcony in Magaluf

Mr Williams said: "That's indicative of the amount of alcohol Freddie has drunk.

"I cannot be specific of how it would have affected Freddie but you would have expected it to have some effect upon his co-ordination and reaction times having consumed that amount of alcohol."

Mr Williams rejected any suggestions that Mr MacVicar may have been "balconing" - a craze where people jump from hotel balconies into swimming pools.

"I have heard nothing that Freddie was fooling around," he said.

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"When he has gone out there, he has either tripped, over-balanced or stumbled and then fallen over the balcony and suffered the fatal injuries - nothing by way of a deliberate act.

"If anyone has made any suggestions of balconing, I have no evidence to support such a conclusion."

Recording his conclusion, Mr Williams said: "I have heard nothing by way of evidence to record anything but an accidental death."

Speaking afterwards, Mr MacVicar's mother Heather Pring said: "It's important Freddie's death is reported as a tragic accident. There was no evidence of foul play.

"It is extremely important to us as a family, to his sisters and his girlfriend, that he is seen as a passionate and loyal, hard-working and amazing young man."