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British climber dies after falling 60ft onto rocks in Majorcan mountain range

British climber dies after falling 60ft onto rocks in Majorcan mountain range

  • Man believed to be in his 20s has died in an accident on island of Majorca
  • Fell onto rocks at Sa Foradada in the Tramuntana mountain range
  • Understood he was with a friend who was not hurt in the incident
  • Rescuers are attempting to recover the body following tragedy at 2.30pm 

A British rock climber has died in an accident in Majorca.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was killed after reportedly falling around 60 feet onto rocks at Sa Foradada in the Tramuntana mountain range.

He is understood to have been with a friend who was unhurt.

Firefighters and Civil Guard mountain rescue experts were trying to recover his body this afternoon following the 2.30pm tragedy.

A man, believed to be in his 20s, was killed after reportedly falling around 60 feet onto rocks at Sa Foradada in the Tramuntana mountain range

A police helicopter has been mobilised to try to help in the operation.

The Serra de Tramuntana are the dramatic mountains skirting the length of Majorca’s northern coast.

Sa Foradada, in the municipality of Deia which is a favourite holiday spot for the likes of Sir Bob Geldof, is a small peninsula which offers one of the most outstanding viewpoints in the area.

A restaurant is perched high overlooking the distinctive rock formation at the end of Sa Foradada.

It is popular for nature lovers of all kinds, including hikers and bird watchers.

Sources at the headquarters of Majorca’s Fire Service have confirmed the dead man and his friend were both British.

A source inside the island's fire service said: 'It seems he was abseiling down towards the hole in the rock rather than climbing up the rock when he plunged to his death'

A source inside the island’s fire service said: ‘It seems he was abseiling down towards the hole in the rock rather than climbing up the rock when he plunged to his death’

‘The first call came in at 2.24pm from a witness. The dead man fell between 50 and 65 feet onto rocks and died instantly,’ said the source.

‘It seems he was abseiling down towards the hole in the rock rather than climbing up the rock when he plunged to his death.

‘The other man with him witnessed it and was unhurt but is receiving psychological assistance.

‘Firefighters specialised in mountain rescues from the stations at Inca and Soller are participating in the operation to rescue his body and the Civil Guard helicopter is also involved.

‘An investigation will obviously take place to determine why this tragedy happened. It is too early at this stage to venture what might have gone wrong.’

He added: ‘Sa Foradada is a very popular spot and probably offers one of the most pretty picture-postcard views of the whole island if not the prettiest.

‘It is not a classic climbing route and you can reach the sea at the end of the rock formation easily by foot as well as the hole in the rock, although it’s takes a little more effort to reach the hole.’

No-one from the Civil Guard force was immediately available for comment this afternoon. 

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