Body of young boy brings death toll of Mallorca floods to 13

The lifeless body of a young boy missing since the floods hit Mallorca eight days ago has been discovered, bringing the death toll to 13.

Body of young boy brings death toll of Mallorca floods to 13
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Members of Spain’s emergency services who have been searching for the missing boy, Artur, since the river burst its back in Sant Llorenç last Tuesday discovered his corpse in the river around 500 meters from the last bridge over the river that burst its banks.

The grim discovery brings the final death toll to 13, including the boy’s mother, Joana, who managed to push her daughter to safety before the car in which she and her two children were travelling was swept away.

In all, seven Spaniards, three Germans, two Britons and a Dutch lost their lives in the floods.

The family publicly thanked those involved in the search for their son, in a statement released on Sunday.

 “Despite all of the tough moments that we are going through we must thank all of those who are continuing to tirelessly search for Artur,” it read.


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.