Horror fall leaves Aussies fighting for life

Old Town's skyline in Dubrovnik
An Australian couple have had their dream European holiday shattered after suffering a serious fall while travelling in Croatia. Photo - Getty Escape 24 April 2022 Touring cover feature

An Australian couple are fighting for life in Dubrovnik, Croatia after falling 10 metres from a wall in this weekend.

Local media reports a man in his 30s and woman in her 20s were rushed to hospital after the incident. It’s believed the couple slipped and fell from the wall while walking between restaurants in the medieval town of Pile at about 2.25am on Saturday local time.

An Australian man and woman are in hospital after falling from a wall in Croatia. Picture: Getty Images

It’s believed they did not climb the wall, with Dubrovnik police spokesperson Andrijana Biskup telling Croatian news station Dubrovacka Televizija that the couple may have been cuddling or kissing when they fell and that alcohol may have been involved.

According to Ms Biskup, the man had a blood alcohol reading of 0.2 and the woman’s was 0.3.

The fall is being treated as an accident by local authorities.

The man has undergone surgery due to the fall and the woman is currently in a critical condition in the intensive care unit of Dubrovnik General Hospital.

Woman Walking on St. Dominic Street in Old Town Dubrovnik
High walls are a feature of the Croatian town. Picture: Getty

Trauma specialist at the hospital Dr Ivan Bencic told Croatian media outlet HRT the woman was suffering from cerebral damage and multiple fractures to her vertebrae.

“We are constantly monitoring her and doing everything we can to fight for her life,” he said.

“As far as the male is concerned he had a far better run than she did.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) confirmed they are helping the couple after the incident.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to two Australians injured in Croatia,” a DFAT spokesperson said in a statement.