By Humphrey Carter

PALMANOVA Guardia Civil has opened a full investigation after a 20-year-old holiday-maker was found unconscious and bleeding on Santa Ponsa beach yesterday morning.

The young victim, who is thought to be either British or Irish, was unconscious when found at 7am near the water's edge and was not carrying any form of identification.

The Local Police patrol which spotted the victim immediately raised the alarm and a team of 061 paramedics took the best part of an hour to stabilise the injured tourist before being able to rush him to Son Dureta hospital.

He remained in intensive care last night and hospital sources said that he was in a serious condition.
The 20-year-old was suffering from severe head injuries, facial fractures, multiple bruising and severe back pain.
The case was handed over to the Palmanova Guardia Civil yesterday morning and last night, a number of alleged eye witnesses were being questioned.
According to sources close to the investigation, the Guardia Civil are following a number of leads and are, at this stage, not ruling out any possibility.

However, one theory is that the victim was involved in a large fight between groups of drunken British and Irish holiday-makers in the resort. Over the past few days, there have apparently been a spate of incidents involving young Irish and British tourists in the area and police have apparently been forced to intervene and break up minor skirmishes on a number of occasions.

Police are also investigating whether the victim had taken any drugs.
Last night, members of the Guardia Civil were at Son Dureta Hospital interviewing the 20-year-old in an attempt to clear up what happened in the early hours of yesterday morning because, at going to press, no one had apparently contacted the police to either identify the victim or claim to be a friend or relative.