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Two German women among the four killed when a new terrace at a beach bar in Mallorca collapses

Tourists and locals were enjoying their Thursday night dance at a Majorcan bar when “screams, wails and cries” were heard as the building collapsed, turning the busy seaside resort into a bloodbath.

Emergency services and rescue teams have been working at the site of the Medusa Beach Club in Palma since the tragedy occurred around 8:30 p.m., which left four dead, 16 injured and it is feared that there are more trapped under the rubble.

Spain’s National Police said on Friday that two young German women, aged 20 and 30, were among those killed at the popular tourist restaurant, along with a 33-year-old Spanish woman, who worked at the club, and a 44-year-old man. . Senegalese elderly man.

It was named by Majorca Daily newsletter like Abdoulaye Diop, a doorman from Playa de Palma, who was a regular at the Medusa Beach Club and had come in for a coffee.

A police officer stands during investigations a day after a two-story restaurant collapses
A police officer stands during investigations a day after a two-story restaurant collapses (AFP via Getty Images)

Of the 16 injured, five were in serious condition, but as of midday Friday their lives were no longer in danger, according to the local mayor.

Authorities said 14 of the injured were Dutch, 11 of them were in hospital and three have been discharged, while there were no immediate details on the nationalities of the other two people who were also discharged. It was unclear if they were all tourists or some residents.

The independent It is his understanding that the UK Foreign Office has not received any reports of British nationals involved in the fatal incident, but is in contact with Spanish authorities.

Santiago Aranda, a resident who was walking his dog at the time of the incident, said Flashlight: “I do not have words to describe it. “It was an explosion and we were on the street in front… Some ran in the opposite direction and others towards the dust.” Aranda said he stayed to help “get the people out” amid “screams, wailing and crying.”

Firefighters work a day after the collapse of the two-story restaurant
Firefighters work a day after the collapse of the two-story restaurant (AFP via Getty Images)

Local resident Francisco Nogales said that after the incident a sound of “crying, people could be heard crying,” was heard.

The mayor said emergency services had to ask people on the street to try to remain silent so they could hear any calls for help from survivors.

The public television of the Balearic Islands, IB3reported that people were dancing on the terrace of the two-story building, which collapsed onto the floor below, damaging the floor at street level, as well as a nightclub area in the basement.

Palma Mayor Jaime Martínez and fire department spokesman Eder García told reporters that excess weight on a first-floor terrace may have caused the collapse. Garcia later added that the age of the building, which was not provided, could also have been a factor.

Police investigate a day after two-story restaurant collapses
Police investigate a day after two-story restaurant collapses (AFP via Getty Images)

However, no official cause has yet been determined. Police and firefighters were inspecting the building on Friday to try to determine the cause of the collapse.

The incident occurred just a day after Medusa Beach Club promoted its new rooftop terrace, posting a photo of it on Instagram, along with the caption: “Totally different, new rooftop.”

The city declared three days of mourning and a minute of silence was observed on Friday at noon.

Marga Prohens, president of the Balearic Islands, said she was “shocked” to learn of the tragedy.

Emergency services at the site of the collapse of the Medusa Beach Club restaurant building
Emergency services at the site of the collapse of the Medusa Beach Club restaurant building (EPA)

“All my love and warmth to the families of the four people who lost their lives in this tragic incident and wishing the recovery of all those injured,” he said.

Following the incident, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, wrote in X: “I am closely following the consequences of the terrible landslide that occurred on the beach of Palma.”

Sánchez said he had spoken with local and regional authorities and added that the government was willing to help “with all the means and troops that are necessary.”

“I want to send my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and my wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured,” he said.

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