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Collapse in Playa de Palma: with 4 dead and 7 injured in critical condition

Mairenis Gomez

May 24, 2024 | 7:13 a.m.

The tragedy at the Medusa beach club leaves a devastating balance

On Wednesday afternoon, Playa de Palma was the scene of a tragedy when the terrace of the Medusa beach club collapsed, causing the death of four people and leaving seven more in critical condition. The incident occurred at number 36 Cartago Street, where the structure collapsed while the premises were full of customers.

The collapse and the immediate response

After 20:20 p.m., the terrace of the Medusa Beach Club suddenly collapsed. Some customers were enjoying the chill out area when the floor caved in under their feet. Debris fell onto the ground floor, which in turn collapsed onto the basement. Panic took over the place in a matter of seconds, with cries for help and desperate calls to the emergency services.

The first emergency units quickly arrived at the scene and found a horrendous scene: piled up rubble, people crying and screaming, and a palpable urgency to rescue those trapped. Cartago Street was closed to allow unhindered access for rescue teams.

Victims and injured

The first confirmed death was a Senegalese man who was trapped in the rubble. Shortly after, the deaths of two tourists and a local worker, all foreigners, were confirmed. In addition to the four deceased, seven people are in critical condition and are torn between life and death, which could increase the number of fatalities in the coming hours. Twenty more people were injured, although the majority did not have serious injuries.

Operation and rescue actions

Cartago Street became a hive of sirens and ambulances, with emergency teams working tirelessly. The firefighters implemented "operational silence", where all activity on the street had to cease to listen to possible calls for help among the rubble. This effort continued throughout the night, in hopes of finding more survivors.

Ongoing research

The Homicide Group and the Scientific Police of the National Police are investigating the causes of the collapse. It is being evaluated whether the Medusa Beach Club carried out illegal renovations or if the structure was overloaded. Palma City Council is also reviewing whether the club had the necessary opening permits. The preliminary cause points to possible overweight on the terrace.

Reactions and mourning

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, contacted the President of the Balearic Islands, Marga Prohens, and the Mayor of Palma, Jaime Martínez, to express his condolences. Local authorities, visibly affected, visited the scene to supervise the rescue work.

Three days of mourning have been declared in honor of the victims of this tragedy. The community and authorities are in a state of shock, and the event has underlined the importance of safety in temporary structures used for mass events.

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