Injured teen's family arrive from Australia

JOHN EDENS AND STUFF
Last updated 15:33 25/07/2014

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An Australian teenager who fell 10 metres from a hotel balcony in Queenstown remains in intensive care in Dunedin Hospital.

Senior Constable Chris Blackford said the 19-year-old from New South Wales fell while making his way from a second-floor apartment towards the roof at the Glebe apartment complex in Beetham St at 2.50am. It is thought he fell about 10 metres.

"He fell to the car park below and suffered a major head injury," Blackford said.

He was flown by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital where he remains in a serious condition and members of his family have travelled from Australia to be with him.

Detective Matt Jones said the man was staying with friends at the hotel and the group had been drinking before the incident.

Queenstown police said they had completed their inquiries, including taking statements from those present and conducting a scene examination.

The man's name would be released once next of kin had been fully notified, police said.

Complex manager Anne Henley said she did not know what happened, and the man was found by the night manager.

The incident was "pretty awful".

It is not the first time a guest has been injured or worse at the high-end Queenstown complex.

Invercargill man Shaun Bernard Hogan, 24, died instantly from head injuries after falling from a rooftop at the Glebe in March 2008.

Snowboard instructor James Patrick Smith, 25, died after falling from a roof in Shotover St in June 2009.

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