Mallorca Building Collapses, Kills Four People, Injures Six Others

  • Officials blame incident on excess weight 

Investigations are underway after a building collapsed killing four people and leaving 16 others injured in Spain’s Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Emergency services said the deadly incident occurred when the roof of a two-storey building suddenly collapsed in Medusa Beach Club in Palma.

Reports said investigators on the Spanish island are looking into whether overloading and structural issues caused the collapse of a beachfront restaurant and club.

Confirming the unfortunate development, emergency services said on the X social media platform that seven people were injured “very seriously” and nine were seriously injured, and they were taken to various hospitals in Palma.

The two-storey Medusa Beach Club in Palma de Mallorca collapsed at about 8.30pm local time (7.30pm BST) on Thursday night. One firefighter told the local newspaper Última Hora he had arrived to find a “nightmarish” scene, with people screaming and crying and rubble piled high on the ground floor.

Spain’s Policía Nacional confirmed on Friday that those who died in the incident were a 23-year-old Spanish woman who worked at the club, two female German tourists in their 20s, and a Senegalese man aged 44.

Ambulance taking victims to hospital

Local media said the Senegalese and a compatriot had rescued a swimmer from drowning in December 2017, winning him a police medal the following year.

According to a spokesperson for Palma Council, all of the 16 people injured were Dutch, even as the city’s Mayor said eight injured people were still in hospital on Friday but were all out of danger.

Also, a spokesperson for German’s Foreign Ministry said its Consulate in Mallorca was in close contact with authorities, adding; “The situation on the ground is still partly unclear.

“At this point in time, we unfortunately have to assume that German nationals are among the dead and injured.”

With Palma’s Council declaring three days of mourning, experts said they were trying to determine the cause of the accident.

“Investigations are still ongoing, but everything points to a combination of an outdated structure and excess weight,” said Eder García, Palma’s Chief Firefighter.

Similarly, a police spokesperson, who reacted to the incident, said; “The terrace has come down, probably due to excessive weight.”

Santiago Aranga, who was walking his dog across the street from the venue at the time of the accident, said he heard a boom that sounded “like a bomb”.

“There was screaming, crying, hysterics,” he told the television station Trece.

Most people in the area were German tourists and “it was very difficult to try to calm them down, to pull people out in another language. I don’t understand or speak German,” he said.

Another local resident, Vicky García told the local television channel IB3 that the venue had only recently reopened after being refurbished, adding that; “We heard a roar, then a lot of police, a lot of firefighters, a lot of commotion”.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, said he was closely monitoring the “consequences of the awful collapse that’s happened on a Palma beach” and promised to send any necessary help and resources.

“I want to send my condolences to the relatives of the people who have died and my wishes for a swift recovery to those who were injured,” he said.

“Sending all my affection and warmth to the families of the four people who lost their lives in this tragic incident and wishing the recovery of all the injured,” he posted on X on Thursday night.

“Thanks to all the emergency services that have moved to the scene and continue to work there.”

Palma de Mallorca is a popular tourist resort and the capital of the western Mediterranean island. Interestingly, the month of May is the beginning of the tourist season in the area.

Mallorca is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, whose pristine waters and beaches attract more tourists than all Spanish regions after Catalonia.

Going by officially released figures, over 14 million tourists visited the islands last year,

The UK Foreign Office confirmed there were no reports of British nationals being involved in the collapse.

It stated thus; “We are aware of an incident in Palma, and there are currently no reports of British nationals having been involved. We remain in contact with the Spanish authorities.” – With agencies reports

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