THE mortal victims in Spain due to the deadly storm Gloria rises to NINE and the search for several missing people continues.
The number of mortal victims could increase to 10 if the link between another death, a resident of Moixent (Valencia), and the storm is confirmed.
A 69-year-old resident of Palafrugell died last night when he went to the port of Marina de Palamós to check the condition of a boat he owned and he was struck by a tidal wave which knocked him into the sea, according to the Palamós Town Hall.
The accident occurred around 9:30 pm last night (Wednesday) in the port Marina de Palamos, Catalonia-Spain. An area primarily used for recreational yachts, situated next to a leisure area, which was closed due to the adverse weather.
As Euro Weekly News understands, the man entered the port area with his car, however was struck by a tidal wave when he got out of his vehicle and was thrown into the sea.
According to sources, workers in the port were able to rescue the man and alerted the Emergency Medical System (SEM), who, despite efforts, were unable to resuscitate him.
THIS INCIDENT TAKES THE THE DEATH TOLL TO NINE
Storm Gloria has claimed the lives of at least nine people after its violent onslaught through the east of the peninsula, while the search for several missing people continues.
On Wednesday, the body of the 67-year-old man, who disappeared in a flooded area between the towns of Callosa d’En Sarrià and Altea, in Alicante, was found in the Guadalest riverbed in the Marina Baixa region of Alicante.
Another body was also rescued on Wednesday under the rubble of a house in the town of Alcoi, Alicante. And another man has died when he was trapped in a greenhouse in Nijar (Almeria) by a large rain and hail storm.
In addition, there were two other fatalities confirmed yesterday, Wednesday, as a result of the deadly storm. Both homeless people whose bodies were found in the street, one in the Valencian town of Carcaixent and another in Almeria.
In the first case, the victim was a 55-year-old homeless person whose body was found in a commercial area, and the second is a 49-year-old man who was found unconscious in the early hours of last Monday morning in the arcades of a park in Almería. The man died as a result of hypothermia caused by the low temperatures that night.
The other three victims are a 63-year-old man who was hit by a roof tile in a village in Avila; a 54-year-old Romanian woman who was sleeping outdoors in a park in Gandía and who died of hypothermia; and a man who was run over by a vehicle when putting snow chains on his car near the San Isidro ski resort in Asturias.
However, the number of deaths due to the storm could rise to ten, if it is confirmed that the death of a resident of Moixent (Valencia), whose body was found on the snow, was also due to the effects of ‘Gloria’. The case is under investigation.
The emergency services have reactivated this Wednesday the search for the man missing in Torrent de la Mora in Fornalutx (Mallorca) when he was abseiling with another man, who alerted the Emergency services around 18.00 hours. Salvamento Marítimo is collaborating in the operation due to the close proximity to the sea.
Likewise, in Ibiza, they are looking for a 41-year-old resident of Sa Cala de Sant Vicent who was last seen on Tuesday and a 25-year-old young man of British nationality who disappeared in the area of Portinatx.
Fortunately, two other people who had been reported missing have been located. Firefighters from the Castellón Provincial Consortium have found the man who was missing in an isolated farmhouse after leaving yesterday the area of Mas de la Basseta in Morella (Castellón) and not returning. The firemen have managed to reach two isolated farmhouses and have located the missing man in one of them “in perfect condition”.
Likewise, yesterday, the emergency teams also found “safe and sound” the man who disappeared in Begues (Barcelona) during the storm. The 80 year old man is “conscious but disoriented”, explained the Generalitat Fire Brigade in a tweet.
Localitzat en bon estat, conscient però desorientat, l'home desaparegut que s'estava buscant a Begues. Se l'ha trobat en una zona boscosa propera a can Rigol. En aquests moments l'estan valorant @semgencat #Bomberscat @mossos @emergenciescat #policiaLocal
— Bombers (@bomberscat) January 22, 2020