British grandfather, 43, is in induced coma in Tenerife after breaking his neck ...

British grandfather, 43, is in induced coma in Tenerife after breaking his neck diving into the swimming pool Chris Watkins, 43, from Pontypool, Wales, was on holiday with a group of friends in Playa de las Americas when the accident happened last Friday  He dived into the pool and re-surfaced, crying out: 'I can't feel anything' He has been put into an induced coma at a Spanish hospital 

By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline

Published: 16:56 BST, 13 September 2020 | Updated: 20:40 BST, 13 September 2020

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A British grandfather is in an induced coma in Tenerife after breaking his neck diving into a swimming pool.

Chris Watkins, 43, from Pontypool, Wales, was on holiday with a group of friends in Playa de las Americas when the accident happened last Friday.

The groundsman's best friend told The Sun that he'd initially thought Mr Watkins was joking when he cried out, 'I can't feel anything.'

'He was on his side crying "I've broken my neck, I can't feel anything, help me" and I told him to stop being silly.' Christian Preece, 43, said.

Chris Watkins, 43, from Pontypool, Wales, was on holiday with a group of friends in Playa de las Americas when the accident happened last Friday (pictured with family)

Chris Watkins, 43, from Pontypool, Wales, was on holiday with a group of friends in Playa de las Americas when the accident happened last Friday (pictured with family)

The groundsman's best friend said that he'd initially thought Mr Watkins was joking when he cried out, 'I can't feel anything'

The groundsman's best friend said that he'd initially thought Mr Watkins was joking when he cried out, 'I can't feel anything'

'I told him he'd only jarred it but he replied, "No, I'm serious," and my heart sank. He's a bit of a joker but I knew from his voice that he was telling the

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