Search widens for mother of child who fell from balcony
23 October 2007, MALLORCA - Police were still searching for the mother of a British child who fell from a balcony in Majorca.
23 October 2007
MALLORCA - Police were still searching for the mother of a British child who fell from a balcony in Majorca.
According to reports, Seven-year-old girl Gianna Cooper was taken to hospital where she is critically ill, but doctors expect her to recover.
The BBC reported a Foreign Office spokesman said they were aware of an incident involving "a minor, who fell from a balcony".
Police are looking for the girl's mother, Sara Cooper, 45, who is believed to have been with her when she fell.
A search of bays and coves near the holiday resort where the family were staying has been underway on Tuesday.
Police said they were going to widen the search to sea.
Her husband, Ian Cooper, has been interviewed by police.
A woman at the Hotel Samoa in Calas de Majorca, on the island's east coast, confirmed a fall had taken place but said she could not give more details.
Humphrey Carter, a journalist with the Majorca Daily Bulletin, said the girl had reportedly fallen 30ft (10m) from a window on the fifth floor.
By the time that the ambulance arrived, the mother had gone missing
He said the family had taken two rooms at the hotel, one was shared by the father of the family and two boys, the other by the girl and her mother.
It is believed that the girl was found by a member of hotel staff on top of an office roof, Mr Carter added.
He told BBC News 24: "There is talk of a 10-minute delay but this is being blamed on a probable anxiety attack (on the part of the mother).
"By the time that the ambulance arrived, the mother had gone missing."
He added that he understood that the girl was initially taken to the Manacor Hospital, but was later transferred to the Son Dureta Hospital.
She had been in a critical condition, but after undergoing an operation her condition is now stable and showing signs of making a recovery, he said.
The three-star Hotel Samoa, which has more than 300 rooms over eight floors, belongs to the Hotasa Group.
It overlooks Cala Domingos beach in the resort of Calas de Majorca, about 38 miles (61km) to the east of Palma.
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