Majorca restaurant collapses in Spain’s Balearic Islands, killing at least 4 people

Majorca restaurant collapses in Spain’s Balearic Islands, killing at least 4 people
  • PublishedMay 25, 2024

A two-storey restaurant has collapsed on the Spanish island of Majorca, killing at least four people and injuring 16 in the tourism hot spot.

Seven people were injured “very seriously” and nine were seriously injured, emergency services said on social media platform X, on Thursday, local time. They were taken to various hospitals across the island’s capital, Palma.

Emergency crews are finalising search and rescue operations and securing the area around the Medusa Beach Club, the beachside restaurant that collapsed, a spokesperson for the local police told radio station RNE about midnight.

Paramedics carrying a person on a stretcher.
The cause of the collapse is still being investigated. (AP: Isaac Buj/Europa Press)

“That is why now we ask you silence because we need silence to see if we hear someone,” he said, adding that he could not rule out that someone was still trapped.

“The terrace has come down, probably due to excessive weight,” he said. 

He added the causes were still being investigated.

The first calls came in about 8pm, he said.

Firefighters and police rushed to the scene, emergency services said, adding some psychologists had been called in.

“I am closely following the consequences of the terrible collapse that occurred on the beach of Palma,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on X.

Paramedics push multiple people in stretchers with an ambulance in the background.
Emergency services are searching for people under the rubble. (AP: Isaac Buj/Europa Press)

Mr Sanchez said he had spoken to local and regional authorities, adding the government is ready to help “with all the means and troops that are necessary”.

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

Spanish state-owned broadcaster TVE showed firefighters working to clear areas of the Medusa Beach Club in Palma about 11:30pm, and ambulances on the scene.

SOURCE: ABCNEWS

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