Man, 55, falls 400 feet to his death from cliff while visiting 'lighthouse at the end of the world'
The man had been holidaying in Ibiza and took a trip to Formentera to see the iconic La Mola lighthouse
FORMENTERA ISLAND, SPAIN: A 55-year-old tourist from the UK fell 400 ft to his death while vacationing on the island of Formentera, the smallest among Spain's Balearic islands. The man had been trekking along a cliff with his friends when he suddenly lost his footing and dropped from the great height, right in front of his partner, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the source, the man had been trekking along a cliff to visit Formentera's iconic lighthouse, La Mola on Tuesday, September 13. While still on his way, he slipped from the ridge and could not grab hold of anything to save himself. It all transpired very quickly and he fell off the cliff.
Reports from a spokesperson of the Civil Guard confirm that this was an accidental death and the case is being treated as such, with no suggestion of any foul play. At first, the man had been described among locals as being of Lebanese origin, but it has been confirmed via police authorities that he lived in the UK and had a British passport.
Owing to his fall from such a massive height, authorities found it difficult to locate his body. Emergency responders used drones, jet skis as well as a helicopter to look for his body. Finally, a Civil Guard chopper spotted him, nearly 50 feet out into the sea. He was hauled by the helicopter after the police attached a rescue bag to a winch hook. The source also revealed that the spot from where the man fell had been secured by ropes, in an attempt to ward away tourists after a similar incident concerning a local resident four years ago.
It has also come to light that the man, whose name has not been disclosed, had been staying at a luxury hotel in Ibiza during his vacation. From there, he along with his group of friends decided to take a day trip to the neighboring Formentera to visit the breathtaking La Mola, which had been iconically described by the French writer Jules Verne as the "lighthouse at the end of the world" in his novel, 'Hector Servadec'. The lighthouse resting at the edge of the cliff is an extremely important tourist attraction in the Balearic islands, with many drawn to its Mediterranean landscape and stunning views at sunrise and sunset.