British dad, 29, suffers fractured skull after being thrown off a cliff by gang while holidaying in Spain

Steen Nodwell was holidaying in Spain when he was chased by a group of men and attacked (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS)Steen Nodwell was holidaying in Spain when he was chased by a group of men and attacked (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS)
Steen Nodwell was holidaying in Spain when he was chased by a group of men and attacked (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS) | Bethan Nodwell / SWNS
Steen Nodwell, 29, was holidaying with friends in Spain when he was chased by a group of men and attacked, before they pushed him off a cliff

A British dad was left with a fractured skull and broken arms after being brutally attacked and thrown off a cliff in Spain.

Steen Nodwell, 29, was on holiday with friends in the coastal resort of Salou on Friday night when he was pursued by a group of men, his family say.

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Steen Nodwell was holidaying in Spain when he was chased by a group of men and attacked (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS)Steen Nodwell was holidaying in Spain when he was chased by a group of men and attacked (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS)
Steen Nodwell was holidaying in Spain when he was chased by a group of men and attacked (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS) | Bethan Nodwell / SWNS

What happened?

The father-of-three, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, says he was attacked and pushed off a cliff, and left for dead.

The incident left him with multiple injuries, including a broken jaw, fractured skull and eye socket and a shattered cheekbone.

Mr Nodwell’s sister Bethan says he is now stranded in a Spanish hospital in the nearby city Tarragon and has required multiple operations.

On a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the 29-year-old, she wrote: “’This fundraiser is in aid of my brother who was left for dead whilst holidaying in Spain. ‘Steen is a strong and determined man and this incident showcases that.

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“A gang of local men chased my brother and after brutally attacking him, they threw him off a cliff.

‘’It is only through sheer determination and courage that my brother, despite his life threatening injuries, managed to get up and walk for help. Had he not done that, the outcome could have been tragically different.

Steen suffered multiple injuiries (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS)Steen suffered multiple injuiries (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS)
Steen suffered multiple injuiries (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS) | Bethan Nodwell / SWNS

She added: ‘’These men attempted to kill my brother and now we need your help.

‘’Steen has two broken arms, one of which is a compound fracture, a broken jaw, a fractured eye socket and skull, a shattered cheekbone, internal injuries and more.

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‘’He needs several surgeries all of which are covered through his GHIC card thankfully. ’However there are other expenses that we need help with.

‘’Steen cannot fly home due to his injuries and won’t be able to fly for over a year (low flying not an option either).

‘’It is an 18 + hour journey that is expected to be done in a car. We need to raise funds to be able to find suitable travel with medical assistance.

‘’Not only that but Steen needs help and support from his family who will need to be with him. Meaning travel expenses are soon going to mount up.

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‘’Whether you help with a penny or a pound, every little helps. Or even a share of this fundraiser. Our family appreciates it all.

‘’Anyone that knows my brother knows his strong character, I have no doubt he will handle this better than anyone I know. ‘But let’s make it as comfortable as we possibly can. Thank you.”

Steen required multiple operations after the attack (Photo: Beth Nodwell / SWNS)Steen required multiple operations after the attack (Photo: Beth Nodwell / SWNS)
Steen required multiple operations after the attack (Photo: Beth Nodwell / SWNS) | Beth Nodwell / SWNS

Family aiming to raise £10,000

The fundraiser has already received donations of more than £7,000 and the family are aiming to reach £10,500 in total to cover the cost of driving Mr Nodwell back home.

Steen’s family are raising money to help bring him home (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS)Steen’s family are raising money to help bring him home (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS)
Steen’s family are raising money to help bring him home (Photo: Bethan Nodwell / SWNS) | Bethan Nodwell / SWNS

Bethan told ITV News West Country: "The biggest concern is the fractured skull and eye socket. They want to operate on that first in Spain.

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"He’s got a shattered cheekbone, a broken jaw, two broken arms, internal bleeding and he needs to be seen by a neurologist to determine more.”

She added: “Anything we achieve is overwhelming and Steen can’t believe the support he has been shown.”

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