“Big negligence” – Two fatal falls of tourists shake Mallorca
Two fatal accidents, and each time the cameras were rolling: Two vacationers died in dramatic circumstances in Mallorca. One scaled the facade of the hotel, the other jumped off a cliff during a live internet stream.
Ztwo tourists dead in a few hours – on the holiday island of Mallorca, the horror is great. Many media widely reported on these tragic deaths.
The victims are a 34-year-old Briton and a 31-year-old Dutchman, police said, citing the Spanish holiday island. Both tragedies occurred on Thursday and were due to “gross negligence”, wrote the regional newspaper ‘Diario de Mallorca’.
The fatal falls were caught on camera by eyewitnesses and went viral on the internet. In the case of the Dutchman, the fatal fall was even broadcast live by his partner.
The first fall occurred around eight o’clock on Thursday morning in Magaluf, west of the island’s capital, Palma. Video footage from passers-by shows a man tumbling outside the seventh-floor hotel balconies and eventually falling. The paramedics could only confirm the death of the man. Police suspect the man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Two women, whom police found in the man’s bedroom, said the Briton had behaved “strangely” just before the fall.
Falling off a cliff – crashing into rocks
Only a few hours later, the second tragedy occurred. The Dutchman died when he jumped from a 25m high cliff into the sea on Malgrats Island off Santa Ponça in western Mallorca and crashed into a rock. The accident was filmed by the man’s companion from a boat and broadcast live on the Internet. According to media reports, the couple’s son, a small child, was also on board.
The man’s body was only found and recovered by police divers after some time at sea, he added. According to the autopsy report published on Friday, the impact on the rocks was not fatal, as ‘Diario de Mallorca’ reported. The Dutchman had probably lost consciousness and drowned.
In Mallorca, it has happened over and over again for years that tourists – mainly young men – die of drug intoxication or in a good mood. The so-called balcony is notorious – tests of courage at often dizzying heights, in which one swings on balcony railings. The “Mallorca Zeitung” regretted in a comment on Friday that prevention campaigns and threats of fines had “so far not helped much”.