Two Americans die while climbing in Mallorca


Two people from the United States have died after climbing in Portocolom on the Spanish island of Mallorca (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

Two Americans have died after climbing in Mallorca, according to reports.

The two men, aged 25 and 35, have not had their identities made public, but it is believed that they had come from Barcelona to explore the caves near Portocolom, a port on the Spanish island.

The location is a popular destination for climbers interested in psicobloc, a form of cliff climbing above water to reduce the risk of injury. It is also known as the deepwater solo, according to the British Mountaineering Council.

The Guardia Civil confirmed their deaths, claiming their bodies were discovered near Cueva de es Cossi around noon, according to the Guardian.

“A local rescuer and nearby swimmers provided first aid but could not resuscitate him,” a spokesperson said of attempts to help one of the men.

They continued, “Then another body was spotted closer to the cave. The maritime rescue service arrived but there was nothing more to do.

They were able to identify them and find out where they lived because they had their ID and other personal effects, such as rental car keys, which were found nearby. The United States Embassy in Spain has also received notification of the incident.

An investigation was opened into their deaths on September 15.

Eneko and Iker Pou, two prominent climbing figures, expressed their “dismay and sadness” at the deaths on Twitter and speculated that the incident was caused by a landslide. This has not been confirmed by the authorities.

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