Tourists pose for photos outside Majorca club where four people died in rooftop bar collapse as residents reveal why they fear the tragedy 'will happen again'

Tourists in Majorca have been spotted snapping selfies and taking group pictures in front of a destroyed beach club following a roof collapse that killed four people and injured more than a dozen last night.

The rooftop terrace at Medusa Beach Club in Playa de Palma was said to have been packed with people when it collapsed onto the floor below just after 8pm, hitting an arch below which then caved in and landed on victims in the basement area.

Yet this morning, holidaymakers were seen posing for photos mere feet away from the police cordon as investigators conducted their operations and emergency workers cleared away debris.

The popular tourist venue operates from a building which is believed to date from 1955 although conflicting local reports say it could be as much as 84 years old.

Locals said they are concerned another incident could follow, arguing that older residential buildings converted into tourist destinations are not equipped to handle the huge numbers of holidaymakers.

Alain Carbonell, president of the S'Arenal Neigbourhood's Residents Association which covers the area, said today: 'We fear that the building has collapsed due to its age and the fact it was originally designed for residential and not tourist use by the amount of people inside.

'There have been two previous instances of collapses at buildings in other parts of this area.

'This was completely foreseeable and the worst thing about it is that it will happen again.

'It collapsed because there were a lot of people and it could easily have collapsed onto the seafront where there were also a lot of people with the consequences being even more devastating than they were.'

Palma Town Hall has said it has sent experts to look at the building but has said it is too early to say what happened, although officials have pointed to excess weight being the most likely cause pending a full investigation.  

The club had unveiled a new rooftop bar just one day before the deadly tragedy occurred.

The rooftop terrace at Medusa Beach Club in Playa de Palma was said to have been packed with people when it collapsed onto the floor below just after 8pm, hitting an arch below which then caved in and landed on victims in the basement area

The rooftop terrace at Medusa Beach Club in Playa de Palma was said to have been packed with people when it collapsed onto the floor below just after 8pm, hitting an arch below which then caved in and landed on victims in the basement area

This morning, holidaymakers were seen posing for photos mere feet away from the police cordon as investigators conducted their operations and emergency workers cleared away debris

This morning, holidaymakers were seen posing for photos mere feet away from the police cordon as investigators conducted their operations and emergency workers cleared away debris

Holidaymakes sit on the beach as people behind them ogle the ruins of Medusa beach club

Holidaymakes sit on the beach as people behind them ogle the ruins of Medusa beach club

Tourists snap photos mere feet away from the police cordon

Tourists snap photos mere feet away from the police cordon

Tourists are seen sunbathing outside the wreckage of the Medusa beach club

Tourists are seen sunbathing outside the wreckage of the Medusa beach club

Emergency staff work after a two-storey building collapsed on Playa de Palma, south of the Spanish Mediterranean island's capital Palma de Majorca, on May 23, 2024

Emergency staff work after a two-storey building collapsed on Playa de Palma, south of the Spanish Mediterranean island's capital Palma de Majorca, on May 23, 2024

Horrific scenes show rescue workers attempting to pull survivors from the building

Horrific scenes show rescue workers attempting to pull survivors from the building

A distraught onlooker makes a call as emergency workers stabilise an injured man in a neck brace

A distraught onlooker makes a call as emergency workers stabilise an injured man in a neck brace

Emergency staff's members work after a two-storey restaurant collapsed, killing four and injuring 17 people on Playa de Palma, south of the Spanish Mediterranean island's capital Palma de Majorca, on May 23, 2024

Emergency staff's members work after a two-storey restaurant collapsed, killing four and injuring 17 people on Playa de Palma, south of the Spanish Mediterranean island's capital Palma de Majorca, on May 23, 2024

A general view of a collapsed restaurant at Playa de Palma beach, in Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain, 24 May 2024

A general view of a collapsed restaurant at Playa de Palma beach, in Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain, 24 May 2024

A general view of a collapsed restaurant at Playa de Palma beach, in Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain, 24 May 2024

A general view of a collapsed restaurant at Playa de Palma beach, in Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain, 24 May 2024

Around one hundred emergency responders raced to the scene of the incident, identified locally as a beach bar in the city called the Medusa Beach Club

Around one hundred emergency responders raced to the scene of the incident, identified locally as a beach bar in the city called the Medusa Beach Club

Medics take injured people away from a building that collapsed in Palma de Majorca, Spain, Thursday, May 23, 2024

Medics take injured people away from a building that collapsed in Palma de Majorca, Spain, Thursday, May 23, 2024

Around 100 emergency responders raced to the Medusa Beach Club in the popular Playa de Palma on Thursday evening amid frantic calls for help and arrived to find a scene of utter chaos.

A terrace of the two-storey building is believed to have collapsed through to the basement, with just the façade still standing, local media said.

Just a day before the floor caved in, the Medusa Beach Club social media team on Instagram posted a photo of their new rooftop bar with the caption: 'Totally different. New rooftop.'

Local media reported the three women and one man were killed in the disaster.

The man was named locally as Abdoulaye Diop, a Senegalese migrant living in Majorca and working as a nightclub doorman who made headlines on the island in 2017 by saving a man who was drowning in the sea at Playa de Palma.

He is thought to have stopped off at Medusa Beach Club, on the beachfront promenade, after leaving the gym.

A spokesman for Majorca's National Police this morning added the other three victims are a 23-year-old Spanish woman who worked at the club, and two German women in their 20s and 30s.

Reports overnight suggested as many as ten people were feared trapped under the rubble as desperate rescue operations continued, but town hall officials in Palma this morning confirmed the debris had been cleared with no one else stuck.

The nationalities of all 16 people police said this morning had been injured has not yet been released.

But officials from the regional health authority revealed the nine that have been treated in public hospitals were Dutch.

A local health spokesman said today around midday local time: 'Right now four patients are still at Son Llatzer Hospital and one is at Son Espases Hospital. They are all from Holland.

'Son Llatzer Hospital has already discharged four patients, who were also all Dutch.'

The Dutch nationals still at Son Llatzer Hospital near Manacor are two men aged 29 and a woman aged 28 who suffered multiple injuries as well as a 27-year-old woman with a traumatic brain injury.

The 26-year-old Dutch woman taken to Son Espases near Palma had chest trauma.

Issuing a grave warning today, Neigbourhood Residents Association official Carbonell said: 'When a change of activity takes place and a building goes from being a residential building to one with a public use where crowds of people gather, checks have to take place.

'It's clear that with a building of this age, with the materials used and the renovation work that has gone on over the decades, the original structure suffers and I think the collapse is linked to that.

'There's a lot of buildings like this in this area.

'We can't understand why local residents who want to make changes to their homes have to follow strict guidelines because these are protected buildings and when it comes to buildings on the seafront structural changes and typology changes can be made.'

Another local who lives nearby, who gave his name only as Manuel, added: 'All the buildings in this area are the same.'

Chaos has consumed Majorca, after four people died and 16 were injured when a nightclub and restaurant in Playa de Palma

Chaos has consumed Majorca, after four people died and 16 were injured when a nightclub and restaurant in Playa de Palma

Fire teams scramble to help injured after the first floor of a club collapsed 'to the basement'

Fire teams scramble to help injured after the first floor of a club collapsed 'to the basement'

Emergency services at the scene of a building collapse at the 'Medusa Beach Club' restaurant at Palma Beach in Palma de Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, 23 May 2024

Emergency services at the scene of a building collapse at the 'Medusa Beach Club' restaurant at Palma Beach in Palma de Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, 23 May 2024

A survival blanket allegedly covering a body is seen after a two-storey building collapsed in restaurants area

A survival blanket allegedly covering a body is seen after a two-storey building collapsed in restaurants area

One of the deceased was named as Abdoulaye Diop, a Senegalese man who made headlines in 2017 when he saved a Spanish man who got into distress in the sea

One of the deceased was named as Abdoulaye Diop, a Senegalese man who made headlines in 2017 when he saved a Spanish man who got into distress in the sea

Emotional reactions from people at the scene on Thursday amid desperate rescue operations

Emotional reactions from people at the scene on Thursday amid desperate rescue operations

The bar is understood to be popular with British and German tourists

The bar is understood to be popular with British and German tourists

Just one day ago, the beach hut posted on Instagram: 'Totally different, New rooftop'

Just one day ago, the beach hut posted on Instagram: 'Totally different, New rooftop'

At least four people are believed to be dead, with dozens injured in the carnage

At least four people are believed to be dead, with dozens injured in the carnage

The total number of injured is now believed to stand at 16 and not 21 as officials had previously stated or 27 as well-placed sources said earlier in the evening.

Palma's Deputy Mayor Javier Bonet said this morning: 'We can now rule out the possibility there could be more victims.

'This morning around 2.30am firefighters finished the job of clearing all the rubble and concluded the rescue operation.

'It worked very well with total unity between health professionals, local and national police and firefighters.

'They acted in record time and I would like to thank all those involved because we are very proud of what they did.'

Emergency crews told concerned locals gathering at the scene to remain silent so that rescue workers could hear sounds from trapped survivors.

Palma Town Hall has declared three days of mourning as rescue efforts continue.

Locals have likened the collapse to a bomb going off.

Raul Pursnani, owner of a shop called Moda Meena next door to Medusa Beach Club, said: 'I was leaving my shop and was outside when everything came down all of a sudden.

'The noise was very loud and the impact was massive. The first floor collapsed onto the one below.'

Eder Garcia, head of the Palma Fire Brigade, said from the scene overnight: 'We received the first call around 8pm.

'The first floor terrace has collapsed, probably due to excess weight although it's still under investigation, and it's impacted on an arch below which has also come down and affected the basement where there was a table football table and there were people eating.'

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Medics take injured people away from a building that collapsed in Palma de Majorca, Spain, Thursday May 23, 2024

Medics take injured people away from a building that collapsed in Palma de Majorca, Spain, Thursday May 23, 2024

Emergency services at the scene of the disaster in the popular beach resort overnight

Emergency services at the scene of the disaster in the popular beach resort overnight

A woman sits with her hands on her head near the complex following the collapse on Thursday night

A woman sits with her hands on her head near the complex following the collapse on Thursday night

Emergency crews gather at the scene following the collapse of the building on Thursday

Emergency crews gather at the scene following the collapse of the building on Thursday

As well as those confirmed dead and injured, reports overnight suggested as many as ten people were feared trapped under the rubble as desperate rescue operations continued

As well as those confirmed dead and injured, reports overnight suggested as many as ten people were feared trapped under the rubble as desperate rescue operations continued

The club in the popular beach resort unveiled a new rooftop bar just a few days ago

The club in the popular beach resort unveiled a new rooftop bar just a few days ago

A floor of the popular restaurant and beach club collapsed earlier this evening

A floor of the popular restaurant and beach club collapsed earlier this evening

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Emergency services were on hand to treat the injured alongside psychology professionals

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Psychology experts were brought in to support victims traumatised by the horrific events.

The Foreign Office said last night there are no reports that British nationals were involved in the incident.

A spokesperson said: 'We are aware of an incident in Palma, and there are currently no reports of British nationals having been involved. We remain in contact with the Spanish authorities.' 

One resident told MailOnline: 'It's terrible, two storeys collapsed and took everyone down with it.

'There were local people and tourists there. God help them.'

Tourists watched in horror from the beach in darkness as rescue workers from the Spanish fire brigade sifted through the rubble.

Rescue teams lifted huge pieces of masonry and concrete from the ruins.

Restaurants and bars adjacent to the collapsed building were forced to close but others nearby continued to play loud music and serve drinks.

Neighbours said they heard a loud noise followed by screams coming from the venue as the building collapsed, La Vanguardia reported.

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Emergency services have been working late into the night

Emergency services have been working late into the night

Neighbours said they heard a loud noise followed by screams coming from the venue as the building collapsed

Neighbours said they heard a loud noise followed by screams coming from the venue as the building collapsed

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Santiago Aranda, walking his dog with his wife at the time of the collapse, told Spanish outlet COPE's La Linterna: 'It's one thing to watch television and another thing is this and being there... I don't have words to describe it. It was an explosion, and we were in the street opposite.'

His voice trembling, he told how 'some ran in the opposite direction and others towards the dust' after the explosion.

Santiago told the outlet he stayed to help the wounded and 'get people out', assessing that '90 per cent' of those inside at the time were German, 'because of the screams, the wailing and the crying'.

Emergency services have not yet shared the identities of all of the deceased, and have neither confirmed nor denied whether tourists were involved.

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Video footage showed people crowding around the bar in the immediate aftermath of the collapse.
Video footage showed people crowding around the bar in the immediate aftermath of the collapse.

Video footage showed people crowding around the bar in the immediate aftermath of the collapse.

But local media reported that one of the four people who have so far died following the collapse is Senegalese man Abdoulaye Diop.

Diop was a nightclub bouncer for Black Magic, a club just a three-minute walk away from Medusa.

First analyses suggest one of the terraces of the building may have collapsed, dragging the rest of the property down in on itself, according to the outlet.

Authorities were forced to call a crane company to help lift debris from the two-storey building with the extent of the casualties still unknown.

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But there remain fears that efforts to remove the rubble could cause the remaining front of the building to topple back into itself.

Emergency services remained on the scene through dusk and into nightfall, working tirelessly to recover bodies and survivors, with seven so far reported to have been found in 'critical condition'.

At least seven fire engines were on site to assist rescue efforts, ladders lowered to provide access into the building.

And ambulance steamed towards the site, with local media reporting the carnage was given 'absolute priority'.

Authorities have also called on psychologists from the Official College of Psychology of the Balearic Islands to assist, as traumatised victims are pulled from the wreckage.

Crowds of people are still sat outside Medusa

Crowds of people are still sat outside Medusa

Police sources have put the number of injured at at least 16

Police sources have put the number of injured at at least 16

Playa de Palma is the beach area lying to the east of the Majorcan capital

Playa de Palma is the beach area lying to the east of the Majorcan capital

The injured are currently being evacuated through the back of the restaurant, facing Trasimé Street, where they are being treated.

Others have been taken to local hospital centres in Majorca, according to La Vanguardia.

Police sources have put the number of injured at at least 16.

Local emergency services, writing on Twitter/X, reported shortly before 11pm BST that four people were confirmed to have died, seven were very seriously injured, and nine were seriously injured.

A spokesman for a regional emergency response coordination centre said: 'We have activated an emergency response as a result of the collapse of the ceiling of a two-storey building in Avenida Cartago in Playa de Palma, where people are trapped.'

It was initially reported in Spain that a false ceiling could have collapsed, before being ruled out.

Playa de Palma is the beach area lying to the east of the Majorcan capital. It is especially popular with British and German holidaymakers. Around 3.2 million Brits travel to Majorca each year.

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It is now feared disturbance to the site could cause further collapse of the building

It is now feared disturbance to the site could cause further collapse of the building

Seriously injured people were taken to 'various' hospital centres across the island

Seriously injured people were taken to 'various' hospital centres across the island

Emergency services worked through the evening in a desperate attempt to rescue survivors

Emergency services worked through the evening in a desperate attempt to rescue survivors

File photo. The Playa de Palma beach in S'Arenal in Majorca, Spain

File photo. The Playa de Palma beach in S'Arenal in Majorca, Spain

Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of the accident.

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Marga Prohens, president of the Balearic Islands, wrote on Twitter/X:  'Shocked by the information I received about the collapse of Platja de Palma.

'Sending all my affection and warmth to the families of the four people who lost their lives in this tragic incident and wishing the recovery of all the injured.

'Thanks to all the emergency services that have moved to the scene and continue to work there.'

'I am closely following the consequences of the terrible collapse that occurred on the beach of Palma,' Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on X.

Sanchez said he had spoken to local and regional authorities, adding the government is ready to help 'with all the means and troops that are necessary.'

'I want to send my condolences to the families of the deceased and my wish for a speedy recovery to the injured,' he said.

The president of the opposition Popular Party Alberto Núñez Feijóo also expressed his condolences, writing on X: 'From the Popular Party we send our condolences to the affected families and our support to the emergency teams that continue working.

Both the PP and PSOE of the Balearic Islands agreed to suspend political campaigns for the upcoming European elections, scheduled for tomorrow, out of respect. 

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