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Brit tourist cheats death after jumping off fourth-floor balcony in Gran Canaria; WARNING - DISTRESSING VIDEO AND IMAGES: Onlookers watched in horror as he plunged into the air off the Tamaran Apartments in the holiday resort Playa del Ingles.

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A British tourist risked his life after jumping off a fourth-floor balcony at a Gran Canaria apartment block.

Shocking video footage and photographs show a man leaning off the balcony, before plunging into the air.

Onlookers watched in horror as the holidaymaker, believed to be 28, squatted down before jumping off the side of the three-star Tamaran Apartments in the holiday resort Playa del Ingles.

He was filmed walking along the wrong side of a railing for more than two minutes before his leap.

At one point before jumping, he also tried to climb round a pillar at the end of the building.

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The Brit landed on a Dacia Logan rental car below which suffered a smashed windscreen but cushioned his fall and saved his life.

Miraculously he only suffered superficial injuries but he was said to be in a "disturbed" condition and was taken to a hospital in the island capital called the Hospital Universitario Insular.

Local reports said he had been on drink and drugs before jumping.

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One said he had approached two local police officers and asked them to call an ambulance before sprinting away and entering the apartment block he jumped from.

He is understood to have told National Police afterwards he had been taking drugs including crack cocaine for 24 hours before his 25-foot leap.

The incident happened on Friday afternoon.

The Brit tourist is believed to have been staying at a different apartment complex with a friend.

His whereabouts today were unknown.

In a different part of Spain, three Brits died after falls from the same building this year in Magaluf - a residential block called Eden Roc.

At the start of September a 20-year-old Brit from Newcastle injured himself in a fall from a Magaluf hotel while he was urinating.

He was later landed with a fine after being visited by police in hospital.

A British holidaymaker cheated death after plunging from a Magaluf sixth-floor balcony at the start of August while reportedly having a poo.

It later emerged he checked himself out of hospital - without waiting for doctors to give him the all-clear - before police could hand him his fine.

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Shocking photos show how he jumped off, stage by stage

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Groups of people watched on in horror

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The man miraculously survived the fall

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