South African rock climber falls to his death in Mallorca

DEATH: A South African fell to his death Credit: Shutterstock

A SOUTH AFRICAN rock climber has died after he fell on sa Foradada.
Jonathan Jardim, originally from Cape Town but now resident in Palma, was with a friend when he lost his footing yesterday (June13). The 22-year-old died at the scene in the municipality of Deia.
Mallorca firemen, the Local Police of Valldemossa and Deià, members of the Mountain Rescue and Intervention Group (GREIM) of the Guardia Civil and an ambulance were called to the scene. A helicopter had to be called in to find and help recover the body.
His friend was too shocked to give police a statement.
He said: “The first call came in at 2.24pm from a witness.
An emergency services spokesman sad: “The dead man fell between 50 and 65 feet onto rocks and died instantly.
“It seems he was abseiling down towards the hole in the rock rather than climbing up the rock when he plunged to his death.
“The other man with him witnessed it and was unhurt but is receiving psychological assistance.”
Sa Foradada are part of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains that skirt the length of Mallorca’s Northern coast.
It is a popular spot for climbers, birdwatchers and hikers.

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