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Man swept into sea after Majorca meteotsunami has died

A tourist who was swept out to sea in Majorca has reportedly died – hours after a “mini tsunami” struck the Spanish island.

The German man, in his 50s, was hit by a wave while walking with his family near Cala Egos on the southeast coast, according to the Mallorca Zeitung newspaper.

His son was also dragged into the sea, while his daughter was pulled to safety by the children’s mother, it was reported.

Lifeguards and paramedics were unable to resuscitate the man, who has not been named, after he and his son were pulled from the water by residents in a canoe.

Mini tsunami in Mallorca. Pic: Virales Mallorca
A meteotsunami struck Majorca on Monday. Pic: Virales Mallorca

Civil Guard officials are carrying out an investigation into the man’s death and a post-mortem is due to take place.

The incident happened at around 4pm local time on Monday, a few hours after a meteotsunami caused flooding in parts of Majorca and Menorca.

Beaches, restaurants and roads were hit by high seawaters after the 5ft (1.5m) wave struck on Monday morning.

Floods were reported in Andratx, southwest Majorca, Alcudia in the north of the island, and Ciutadella, on the west coast of Menorca.

Footage posted online showed water rushing across roads and boat owners struggling to control their vessels out at sea.

A meteotsunami – also called a rissaga – is triggered by disturbances in air pressure following fast-moving weather events such as severe thunderstorms.

The large waves can reach heights of 6ft (1.8m) and are generally smaller than tsunamis, which are caused by seismic activity.

The flooding in Majorca hit areas about 40 miles from Sant Llorenc, where the hit TV dating show Love Island is being filmed.

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