British woman breaks back after falling 60ft from balcony in Ibiza 'in her sleep'

Connor Parker
·3 min read
College worker Coral Skipp (Wales News Service)
College worker Coral Skipp (Wales News Service)

A Welsh woman is in a critical condition after breaking her back plunging more than 60ft off a balcony on holiday in Ibiza.

College worker Coral Skipp, 47, was on the last night of her getaway when she fell from the third floor.

She was found at 4am after her fiancé John Lloyd woke to find her missing and heard screams of pain coming from outside.

It is understood she had a “night terror” which saw her walk out of the bedroom in her sleep towards the balcony.

Coral Skipp and John Lloyd are due to be married in August next year. (Wales News Service)
Coral Skipp and John Lloyd are due to be married in August next year. (Wales News Service)

Skipp, of Llansilin, near Welshpool, Powys, is currently in a Spanish hospital being treated for a fractured spine and broken hips and has required multiple stitches.

Lloyd said: “She does get night terrors and bad dreams at times, so this is just a horrible, horrible accident.”

He added they’d gone on the holiday after a group of friends said they had some spare spaces on a flight.

Coral Skipp and her fiance John Lloyd.(Wales News Service)
Coral Skipp and her fiance John Lloyd. (Wales News Service)

He said: "We’d all had a fantastic week and went to bed early on the Thursday, and I woke to go to the toilet at around 4am, and I heard Coral shouting.

"She fell from a balcony after suffering a bad dream. It was horrible."

The couple, who are due to get married in August next year, said friends and family have pulled together to raise more than £4,000 for them.

The couple were on the final night of their holiday. (Wales News Service)
The couple were on the final night of their holiday. (Wales News Service)

They have appealed for further support as Skipp faces at least 16 weeks in hospital after scans and tests revealed her injuries were more serious than first thought.

Former serviceman Lloyd said: “It’s not going to be an easy recovery.”

He thanked everyone for all the support they’d received so far: "It has been overwhelming. We would just like to give them a massive, massive thank you.

“The response from our loved ones has been phenomenal. The hospital have been absolutely brilliant too and so has the British Consulate.

“The money will be there to help family come over to us, but also to help us get home eventually.

“We don’t know how long we’re going to be here, so money is going to come in handy. There’s no work for us out here, so any money that is raised will prove to be a massive help."

Skipp faces a 16 week long recovery. (Wales News Service)
Skipp faces a 16 week long recovery. (Wales News Service)

Support worker Skipp’s work colleagues at Derwen College in Gobowen, Powys, have sent a get well soon message.

Natalie Bellis, Derwen College’s director of human resources, said: “We were sorry to hear from Coral that she’d sustained some serious injuries while on holiday.

“We wish her a speedy recovery, and look forward to welcoming her back to Derwen College when she’s fully recovered.”

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