Rafa Nadal donates €1million to help victims of Mallorca floods

The tennis superstar is already a confirmed hero on his native Mallorca after pulling on Wellington boots and joining the clear-up operation in the days after Sant Llorenç was devastated by floods.

Rafa Nadal donates €1million to help victims of Mallorca floods

But the player has now been lauded for reportedly donating €1 million from his own pocket to help the community devastated after a river burst its bank and claimed 13 lives.

Although he has remained tight-lipped over the donation, it was reported in the Diario de Mallorca and has not been denied.

The tennis star, who was brought up on the Balearic Island and still has a home in  in Porto Cristo, just 11km from the disaster area, has said that the funds raised from a charity golf tournament he organised would also go to victims of the floods.

 In the aftermath of the floods in October, Nadal offered those displaced from their homes by flood water refuge at his tennis academy which is 13 km from Sant Llorenç in the larger town of Manacor.

He was photographed in wellies and with a broom in hand, as he joined other volunteers clearing up after the flood water receded. 

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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.