ORANGE BEACH, AL — A 17-year-old from Lafayette is recovering in the hospital after he fell from a balcony early this morning. It happened while he was vacationing in Orange Beach, Alabama, which is where another Louisiana teen died less than a month ago.
The Orange Beach Police Department reports that the incident happened at roughly 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6.
"We believe the fall was from the fifth floor," Kristina Roberts, Orange Beach Police Department, said. "The victim's mother and other family members were here with the victim. It is unknown at this time if alcohol played any role in the fall."
Officials say the teen was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Pensacola, Florida. They did not provide any indication as to his status.
This is the second incident involving a Louisiana teen that the Orange Beach Police Department has investigated. On Friday, July 19, Challenger Talbot, 18, fell from the 16th floor balcony of the Turquoise Place condominiums. He landed in the pool and was pronounced dead at the scene.
In that investigation officials classified the death as accidental.
Officials say this recent case is still under investigation.