Mallorca beach club tragedy: the Senegalese man who saved a bather in 2017 among the four dead

Mallorca beach club tragedy: the Senegalese man who saved a bather in 2017 among the four dead

Friday, May 24, 2024, 10:27

Abdoulaye Diop was a well-known personality in Palma de Mallorca. Especially since 2017, when, together with his friend Oumar M’bengue, the 45-year-old Senegalese rescued a bather who had sunk in the sea at Playa de Palma and was having trouble returning to shore. On Thursday night he was once again in the spotlight for another misfortune with the worst possible ending. Abdoulaye Diop was one of the four victims who died in the collapse of a well-known beach club in Mallorca.

So far, four people have been confirmed dead in the accident and 16 injured, several of them seriously. According to the first information, three of the four dead are foreigners, two German women aged 20 and 30 who were in the club and had just arrived in Palma on vacation, and Abdoulaye Diop, who lived in s’Arenal with Aoumar, with whom he worked. as a nightclub bouncer. The fourth victim is a 23-year-old woman who worked at the Medusa Beach Club.

One of Abdoulaye’s and the worker’s friends revealed the tragic news to the RTVE television cameras: “He was having a coffee because he came here when he was leaving the gym and she was working in the store,” he said with a broken voice. .

Sixteen injured hospitalized

According to the Palma de Mallorca City Council, five of the 16 injured are in critical condition. According to eyewitnesses, there were numerous customers there, many of them foreign tourists, since the high tourist season in Playa de Palma has already begun.

The police homicide group and forensic experts are working to identify the 16 people injured to varying degrees in various hospitals in Mallorca. Meanwhile, six people remain admitted to the Son Llàtzer Hospital, none of them in the intensive care unit. This is one patient with an anxiety crisis, two with mild head injuries and three with multiple traumas.

Meanwhile, at the Son Espases hospital, a 26-year-old woman was admitted with chest trauma, aspiration pneumonia and facial injuries. She did not require admission to the ICU.