US tourists found dead in Majorca after “psycho bouldering”

Published on : Wednesday, September 15, 2021

US tourists dead in Majorca

Two tourists from the US have reportedly died after falling from a cliff while “psycho bouldering” in Majorca. On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the bodies of the two men, said to be aged between 25 and 30, were pulled from the sea after plunging from the rock face, as per local reports.

Several media outlets in Majorca had initially reported they were British. A member of the public spotted a body floating in the sea between Portocolom and Cala Mitjana and alerted the emergency services. The Civil Guard said two bodies were recovered.

Police are understood to have found one of the men in a cave close to the spot where the pair plunged into the sea. The men, described as English-speaking, had reportedly been practicing a dangerous type of rock climbing known on the island as “psicobloc”, which translates to “psycho bouldering” or “deep-water soloing”.

It is typically done on sea cliffs at high tide and the climbers rely on the water at the bottom of the cliff to protect against injury if they fall. A dinghy is often is kept in the water at the base of cliff to rescue any climbers who fall into the sea. Local reports said the victims were British, but the nationalities of the two men have not yet been confirmed by authorities.

Miguel Chicon, Head of the Balearic Maritime Rescue Centre, Palma, said that witness raised the alarm at midday. He mentioned that the tourists could have been climbers practicing also know as psicobloc because of the type of footwear they had on but mentioned that cannot be confirmed as yet.

Chicon said one of the bodies was recovered by a boat belonging a local diving firm and the other with the help of the coastguards. He said that CPR was done on both men, but there was nothing that could be done to save their lives and they were pronounced dead at the scene.

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