NewsTragic building collapse in Mallorca claims four lives, including hero

Tragic building collapse in Mallorca claims four lives, including hero

In a construction disaster in Majorca, four people died. Among the victims was a migrant from Senegal.
In a construction disaster in Majorca, four people died. Among the victims was a migrant from Senegal.
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9:17 AM EDT, May 24, 2024

The two-story Medusa Beach Club building collapsed in Palma de Mallorca, resulting in four deaths. Among the victims was Abdoulaye Diop, a migrant from Senegal who worked as a porter. In 2017, he made headlines after saving a drowning man.

The incident occurred on Thursday at around 2:30 PM Eastern Time. At least four people lost their lives, and sixteen were injured.

According to information provided by the British newspaper The Sun, among the fatalities were two German tourists, a migrant from Senegal, and his friend.

Disaster in Mallorca. Migrant killed

Abdoulaye Diop became the first identified victim of the tragedy. He was a Senegalese migrant living in Mallorca. He worked as a porter in a local nightclub. According to witnesses, after a gym workout, he went to the Medusa Beach Club on the seaside promenade, where, unfortunately, the building collapsed.

According to The Sun, Abdoulaye Diop was renowned as a hero in the local community. In 2017, he made the front pages of Mallorca's newspapers after saving a drowning man.

Restaurant building collapsed. 4 dead

The terrace of the Medusa Beach Club in Playa de Palma collapsed on Thursday evening. About 100 rescue workers fought through the night, trying to save people trapped under the building's remains. As a result of the building collapse, four people were killed.

Witnesses say that at the time of the incident, many customers were on the restaurant's terrace, including foreign tourists.

"The first-floor terrace collapsed, likely due to weight, although this is still being investigated," The Sun reported. One resident said the sound of the collapse was like a bomb. People who survived were comforting each other on the street. Psychologists were also called to the scene.

Emergency services are still on-site. The search continues in the basement of the restaurant, which also collapsed.

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