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4 dead, 16 injured in overcrowded restaurant collapse on Mallorca island

Investigation revealed that the overloading of the second floor was a possible cause of the collapse.

4 dead, 16 injured in overcrowded restaurant collapse on Mallorca island [Voice of the Cape Radio]

Authorities identified the dead on Friday as two German women, aged 20 and 30, as well as a 23-year-old Spanish woman and a 44-year-old Senegalese man. Authorities believe the German women were tourists spending holiday on the island. Seven of the injured were in critical condition as of Friday morning, authorities said.

The remaining nine were all seriously injured but out of life-threatening danger. One of the women who died worked in the restaurant, according to reports in Spain’s El País newspaper and other media. The Playa de Palma area of the island is particularly popular with younger German holidaymakers, who flock to the island during the late spring and summer months.

The Medusa Beach Club building, located directly on the beach, collapsed at around 8:30 pm on Thursday, with the first floor plunging to the basement, where many guests were eating dinner, according to El País, which cited witnesses.

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The neighbouring bars and residential buildings were evacuated due to the risk of collapse and the area was cordoned off. An initial investigation revealed that the overloading of the second floor was a possible cause of the collapse, said the chief of the local fire brigade, Eder Garcí.

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