Status: 29/08/2023, 05:08 a.m.
By: Maximilian Kettenbach
A screenshot from a video of the storm in Mallorca on August 28th. Two Germans are missing and are now being searched for on the high seas. © X
A bad storm raged last week on the holiday island of Mallorca, two German sailors have remained missing since then. Now emergency services found two bodies off the coast.
Update from September 5, 13:11 p.m.: Two German sailors remained missing after a storm on the holiday island of Mallorca last week. Now, according to Spanish media reports, the Guardia Civil found two bodies off the coast of Mallorca. A lifeless body was recovered on Monday (4 September) near the bay of Cala Falco, and shortly afterwards a second body was discovered near Cala Mendia, according to local media Onda Cero.
It is currently being determined whether the dead could be the missing sailors, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported on Monday. DNA tests are designed to clearly determine the identity of the dead. The missing sailors were a 50-year-old father and his 19-year-old son, who had set off on their sailing trip despite warnings of severe storms but never arrived at their destination.
Missing after storm chaos in Mallorca: Two German sailors disappeared without a trace
First reported on August 28, 2023: Palma – The storm came almost out of nowhere. On Friday, weather services reported heat warnings for the Balearic island of Mallorca (Spain). On Sunday, the Spanish weather service Aemet tightened its forecast to thesecond highest weather warning level orange. And if you look at pictures and videos, even this dimension seems too small.
Gusts of wind with speeds of up to 122 km/h whistled over the holiday island yesterday, Sunday, and there was danger to life and limb. On the beach of Illetes, two children were blown away on air mattresses. A pregnant woman, on the other hand, had to be taken to the health center after a billboard flew towards her, causing a cut on her leg. A missing kayaker was also rescued from the water by rescue workers in the area of the Malgrats Islands off Santa Ponça. Even a cruise ship came loose from the lines and a hotel roof flew through the area.
Much seems to have gone lightly. All the worse is the news that reaches Germany on Monday from Mallorca. Two Germans and their sailing yacht have disappeared without a trace since Sunday. As the sea rescue service "Salvamento Marítimo" reported on Monday, it is a 50-year-old father and his 19-year-old son.
Sailboat with two Germans disappeared without a trace
They were traveling from Cala Galdana in Menorca to Cala d'Or in Mallorca, but did not arrive there. As reported by the sea rescue service via X (formerly Twitter), a call was received from Germany at 18:30 p.m. on Sunday that the two could not be reached since 10 a.m.
Since then, the rescuers have been looking for the nine-meter-long ship named "Makan Angin" with search ships. A helicopter is also in use.
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The storm in Mallorca had it all. At times, all traffic routes were blocked. Yachts were driven to the beach, roads were closed, air traffic over the island had to be completely suspended at times. Accordingly, many flights were delayed – more than 900 flights are said to have been planned for Sunday. Flights to the island were also diverted, with some cancelled altogether. Just a few days ago, a passenger flying from Mallorca to Zurich reported turbulence due to a storm that caused panic on board.
After all, the weather conditions have improved again in the meantime. The Spanish weather service has now lowered the warning level to yellow for Monday. On the other hand, it rains incessantly in parts of Germany and the first snow is approaching in Austria.