‘Missing’ German tourist was out clubbing

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A GERMAN tourist feared to have drowned off the coasts of s’Arenal, was not missing at all but clubbing in the area.
A large deployment of emergency services had been searching for the missing man, named Friedo B.
His friend, the 26-year-old Philip Z, had arrived with him in Mallorca on Wednesday. Both had left their luggage in the hostel and decided to head to the clubs directly. Authorities explained that the men were considerably drunk when they went swimming in the Platja de Palma.
They swam out a distance of 300 metres but became exhausted on the way back and could not reach the shore. Philip was able to get a hold of a buoy and was rescued shortly after but could not find his friend and was convinced he had drowned.
Several Local and National Police officers launched a search operation but did not find him.
But Friedo had not drowned at all. Oblivious to the dozens of people who were looking for him, he was partying in the area of Balneario 6 and visited several bars and clubs.
At three in the morning he went back to the hostel where he met Philip. The ‘missing’ man explained that he had been able to reach the shore with difficulty.
Police and Guardia Civil deactivated the operation and the German Consulate was informed of the twist of events.


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