GUARDIA CIVIL officers risked their own lives after assisting an elderly Briton isolated for three days after a fall.
The 69-year-old was semi-conscious when they entered his Campello apartment and, unable to move, he had not eaten or had anything to drink during that time.
He has family in the UK but lives alone in Spain and a neighbour, concerned at not seeing him for several days, raised the alarm.
After contacting the British Consulate and hospitals to check whether they knew of his whereabouts, the Guardia Civil obtained a court order allowing them to enter his home.
As the fifth-floor apartment had a reinforced security door further protected with a metal ‘reja,’ the officers decided to access the apartment by crossing several terraces, 20 metres above the ground.
When they finally entered the elderly Briton’s home they found him on the kitchen floor, semi-conscious and visibly weak after three days in the same position.
Panting, and with an enormous expression of relief, he explained that he had fallen some days earlier but could not say how long ago, Guardia Civil sources revealed afterwards.
Although his injuries did not appear to be serious, he was taken by ambulance to San Juan hospital and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.