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British couple killed in Majorca flash flood were 'on holiday from Moffat'

Daily Record logoDaily Record 11/10/2018 Natalie Evans

Delia and Tony Green © FCO Delia and Tony Green

The British couple killed when their taxi was swept away by a flash flood on Majorca are believed to have gone on holiday from their home in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway.

Anthony Green, 77, and his wife Delia, 75, died shortly after arriving on the popular Spanish holiday island.

It is thought they had hailed a cab from Palma Airport to take them to their hotel when the taxi was caught up in flash flood.

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The Daily Mirror reports how the couple died along with cab driver Juan Sillero when the taxi was swept away by a torrent of water near the coastal resort of S'Illot.

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They are understood to have been on holiday from Moffat.

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Authorities on the popular tourist island said 10 people, three of them foreigners, died after torrential rain deluged the region around the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma.

Emergency services assisted by the military were said to be also searching for a five-year-old boy missing since the disaster.

© Credits: EPA On Thursday morning it also emerged search teams are hunting for two Germans whose car had been found empty.

The missing boy was with his mum, a chemist named locally as Joana Lliteras Planas, when a flash flood carried their car away.

She managed to save the boy's seven-year-old sister but she was unable to get her other child out of the vehicle in time.

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The mum also fell victim to the flood water and her body was found on Wednesday afternoon in nearby Son Carrio.

The official death toll from the floods stands at 10 – seven Spaniards, the two British OAPs and an elderly Dutch woman.

Some parts of the island received up to 9in (23cm) of rainfall in a matter of hours on Tuesday evening.

Witnesses described having minutes to find safety as the water levels rose, inundating houses and catching motorists off guard.

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The floodwaters tore down trees, swept numerous cars and trucks into piles of twisted metal and buried streets under mud.

Mr Green and his wife, were being driven to a hotel in Cala Bona when the taxi was caught by the floodwaters, Diario de Mallorca reported.

Rescue workers reportedly found the car submerged and on its side at the mouth of the torrent in S'Illot at 2am (1am BST) on Wednesday.

a group of people on a rocky beach © Credits: REUTERS Military divers found the couple's bodies still inside, while Mr Sillero was later found lifeless nearby, the paper said.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply difficult time.

"Our staff remain in contact with the Spanish authorities who are responsible for responding to the floods, and are ready to assist any other British people who require our help."

a dining room table © Credits: Getty Images According to Diario de Mallorca, the bodies of an 81-year-old man and 83-year-old woman were among the first to be found on Tuesday.

Rafel Gili Sastre, 71, a former municipal mayor, was later found dead at his home, the paper said.

Authorities said 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military's emergency unit had joined more than 100 rescuers deployed in the area on Wednesday.

Meanwhile tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the island, was seen joining in with the clean-up effort.

The world number one invited locals to take shelter at his tennis academy in nearby Manacor and then donned wellington boots to join other volunteers.

a pile of garbage © Credits: Getty Images Europe "Sad day in Majorca," the 32-year-old said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called news of the flooding "devastating" as he visited the area on Wednesday.

He said: "My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all the affected by these tragic floods," he said.


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