Balcony Fall

Spring Break 2005
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An Iowa college student is the first spring break visitor seriously injured in a balcony fall this year in Panama City Beach.

Police say that 19-year-old Brooks McLaren was on the second floor of a hotel Sunday when he leaned over the railing, lost his grip and fell onto concrete. This happened during a contest to see who could spit the farthest.

The teen suffered head injuries and remains in stable condition at the hospital.

Lieutenant Jeff Heath says that they used to have falls daily, but this year's spring breakers are the most behaved he's seen in 15 years.

Two spring break visitors were injured last year in balcony falls. Both survived.

Panama City Beach is one of the nation's top spring break destinations.