Rafa Nadal offers refuge to those displaced by Mallorca floods

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from area in Mallorca hit by floods on Tuesday evening, pledged to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to those displaced from their homes.

Rafa Nadal offers refuge to those displaced by Mallorca floods
The tennis star pledged to help his fellow islanders. Photo: AFP

“Today is a sad day in Mallorca. My most sincere condolences to the loved ones of those dead and injured in the serious floods in San Llorenç,” he wrote in posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

“As we did yesterday, we will continue to offer the centre and rooms at the Rafa Nadal Academy and Rafa Nadal Sports Centre to all those affected who need accommodation.”

The same message was also sent out from the Academy and Sports Centre.

The tennis star lives in Porto Cristo, jjust 11km from the disaster area around Sant Llorenç and is a devoted resident to the island community.

His academy is 13 km from Sant Llorenç in the larger town of Manacor.

Nadal didn't just offer his academy to the flood victims. He also joined other other volunteers to get his hands dirty clearing up after the flood water receeded. 

A video tweeted out by fjournalist Carlos Marquez showed the tennis player working alongside other volunteers.

Ten people were confirmed dead on Wednesday afternoon while emergency services were still searching for five people reported missing. 

Authorities said dozens of people had been evacuated from their homes during the flash floods on Tuesday night. Many returned to their properties once the water had subsided on Wednesday to discover their belongs had been completely ruined.

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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.