Mallorca survivor: ‘I climbed through car window and swam 500m to safety’

Survivors of the flash floods that have claimed at least eight lives in Mallorca shared terrifying accounts of their brush with death.

Mallorca survivor: 'I climbed through car window and swam 500m to safety'
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One man, a resident of Can Picafort was driving towards Sant Llorenç on Tuesday evening when his car was blindsided by a powerful torrent of water.

Manuel Torrescusa  told the local newspaper, Diario de Mallorca, how the car was lifted off the road and swept away in the flash flood.

Manuel Torrescusa escaped from his car as it was swept away in flood water. Photo: Diario de Mallorca 

“I left the car though the window and then swam for 500 metres (1,650 feet) through the raging water until I reached a house,” he said.

He described how his clothes were ripped from his body by debris as he was carrying along in the current.

“I was barely clothed (when I reached safety) as they all got caught on a metal fence 
when I was swimming,” he said.

“The people at the house lent me a shirt and then the Guardia Civil came and drove me to Manacor.”

Torrescusa, who is in his 60s, was among the hundred or so people to spend the night in a sports centre in the town of Manacor after being displaced from their homes.

Javier Martínez was also among those seeking refuge after he escaped from his house as it was engulfed by rising flood water. “I have nothing, just the pyjamas I was wearing. My house was completely full of water, and now it has just been left full of mud. I have lost everything.”

The worst affected area lies 60 kilometres (37 miles) east of the capital Palma de Mallorca around the towns of Sant Llorenç, Arta and s'Illot

Rescue workers searched overnight for missing people and continued into Wednesday. 

Around 100 extra emergency workers were dispatched from the Spanish mainland, along with two helicopters, eight vehicles and search dogs, the country's emergency military unit said.

READ MORE: Death toll in Mallorca floods rises to eight


Two Americans die scaling sea cliffs in Spain

Two American men have plunged to their deaths while scaling sea cliffs on Spain's holiday island of Mallorca, police said on Wednesday.

Two Americans die scaling sea cliffs in Spain
Two men die scaling sea cliffs in Mallorca. Photo: cocoparisienne / Pixabay

The bodies of the pair – aged 25 and 35 – were found on Monday floating in the water near the Cueva de es Cossi in the east of the Mediterranean island, a spokeswoman for the Guardia Civil police said.

They had been practising deep-water soloing, a form of rock climbing without ropes that relies solely on the presence of water at the base of a climb to protect against injury from falls.

“It appears that there was a rockslide and they fell,” the spokeswoman said.

Emergency services rushed to the scene after being alerted by swimmers in the area who spotted the badly bruised bodies of the two men floating in the water, she added.

Spain’s maritime rescue service recovered their remains, which were taken to the nearby port of Portocolom.

The area has long been popular for deep water soloing, also known as psicobloc.

While the sport is usually practised on sea cliffs at high tide, it can also be done on climbs above reservoirs and rivers.