[EN IMAGES] Collapse of bar full of tourists leaves four dead and several injured in Spain

[EN IMAGES] Collapse of bar full of tourists leaves four dead and several injured in Spain
[EN IMAGES] Collapse of bar full of tourists leaves four dead and several injured in Spain

Two young German tourists, a Senegalese and a Spanish employee died in the collapse Thursday evening of a bar-restaurant located on the seafront of Palma de Mallorca, in the very touristy Spanish archipelago of the Balearic Islands where the season is already in full swing. full.

According to the authorities, the tragedy could have been caused by excess weight having caused the terrace of the Medusa Beach Club, which had just undergone work, to give way.

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“The victims are two German women aged 20 and 30, a Spanish employee aged 23 and a Senegalese man aged 44,” a police spokesperson told AFP on Friday.

Of the 16 injured in this accident, eight, of Dutch nationality, are still hospitalized, declared the mayor of Palma, Antonio Jiménez. “They are out of danger,” he assured.

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The two young German women were on vacation on the island while the Senegalese man – who was widely talked about in the local media in 2017 for having saved a swimmer from drowning – and the Spanish employee of the bar-restaurant were staying in the island, the main one in the archipelago.

A minute’s silence was observed in the city at 10 a.m. local time.

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The Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea and known for their crystal clear waters and beaches, are the second most touristy region in Spain after Catalonia. In 2023, they welcomed more than 14 million foreign tourists, according to official figures.

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The archipelago is particularly popular with German, British and Dutch tourists.

Like “a bomb”

The noise caused by the collapse sounded like “a bomb”, Trece Santiago Aranda, a witness to the incident who was walking his dog at the time and said he went to help the emergency services, told television. “It was very difficult trying to calm down and get away from people speaking to you in another language,” he added.

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Yeray Exposito, delivery man and friend of a restaurant employee, told AFP that he “heard screams and people calling for help” just after the collapse.

This three-level building, located on the seafront in the tourist area of ​​Playa de Palma, included a bar-restaurant on the first and ground floors, the Medusa Beach Club, and a basement bar, the CocoRico.

The place was very busy at the time of the tragedy, while the tourist season is already in full swing in the Balearic Islands, an archipelago also including the islands of Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera.

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Fearing that other victims could have been trapped, firefighters searched for part of the night under the rubble, before ending the search.

According to Eder García, Palma fire chief, most of the victims were found in the basement bar.

Excess weight

Authorities were seeking to determine the cause of the accident on Friday.

“What we know for sure is that the first floor collapsed and caused the floor to collapse” of the ground floor onto the basement, Eder García said.

“Everything suggests” that the collapse is linked to “the age of the structure and the excess weight”, he continued.

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In a message published on social networks on Wednesday, the day before the tragedy, the Medusa Beach Club promoted its “new rooftop”.

Residents of the area, interviewed by local media, indicated that the premises had recently been the subject of work.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez sent his “condolences for the death of four people in yesterday’s accident in Palma” during an economic conference in Barcelona on Friday.

In 2009, the collapse of a three-story building in Palma de Mallorca killed seven people, including two Germans and three Colombians.

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