Two 'British' men fall to their death while rock climbing WITHOUT a rope in ...

Two 'British' men fall to their death while rock climbing WITHOUT a rope in ...
Two 'British' men fall to their death while rock climbing WITHOUT a rope in ...

Two men who are thought to be British have fallen to their death while rock climbing without a rope on a huge sea cliff in Majorca. 

The pair were climbing a cliff between two coves in Portocolom known locally as Cala Mitjana and Cala Sa Nau when the tragedy occurred.  

The alarm was raised by a witness around 1pm today and Civil Guard, coastguards and local police based in nearby Santanyi were sent to the scene. 

Police are understood to have found one of the dead men in a cave close to the spot where he fell. Coastguards recovered the other body from the sea. 

Emergency responders said they were unable to do anything to save the men, although they practiced CPR on both of them, and they were pronounced dead at the scene. 

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Earlier reports said the men were aged between 40 and 50, though it is now understood both were in their late 20s. 

Post-mortems, due to take place tomorrow, will seek to determine if the victims, died from drowning or head injuries linked to a rock fall or the if they landed on rocks as they fell. 

The mens' bodies were taken to Portocolom Port near the scene of the tragedy. 

Two men who are thought to be British have fallen to their death while rock climbing without a rope on a huge sea cliff in Majorca

Two men who are thought to be British have fallen to their death while rock climbing without a rope on a huge sea cliff in Majorca

The alarm was raised by a witness around 1pm today and Civil Guard, coastguards and local police based in nearby Santanyi were sent to the scene

The alarm was raised by a witness around 1pm today and Civil Guard, coastguards and local police based in nearby Santanyi were sent to the scene

Witnesses initially told emergency responders four men had been climbing the cliff and rescuers began looking for an injured third 'Brit' and a fourth missing person, although it subsequently transpired only two men had fallen. 

Although initial local reports described the pair as British holidaymakers, they were subsequently described as 'English speakers.' Multiple media outlets in the Balearic Islands including Majorca reported the men were of 'British origin'.

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There has not yet been any official confirmation from Civil Guard or police about the nationalities of the dead pair.

They were practicing deep-water soloing, also known as psicobloc, a form of solo rock climbing that relies solely upon the presence of water at the base of a climb to protect against injury from falls from the generally high-difficulty routes. 

It is typically practiced on sea cliffs at high tide but can also be done on climbs

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