Palma.—And, the SAMU-061 emergency service revealed just how much pressure they are under in Magalluf.
Over the past week, it has had to respond to a total of 77 cases, the majority involving drugs, alcohol or violence and 37 people have been admitted to hospital.
At 3.30am on Sunday, a 20-year-old Danish tourist fell from a fourth floor balcony and died as a result of the multiple injuries sustained.
According to some of the victim’s friends, the Dane had gone to the hotel in search of a girl he admitted but was actually staying somewhere else.
The cause of the fall is being investigated by the Guardia Civil.
Then, just over an hour later, 13 people were injured in a multiple accident in Magalluf involving three taxis full of passengers.
The accident was apparently caused by an 18-year-old who was apparently under the influence of alcohol and speeding, according to police sources.
The accident happened along the Gran Via at 4.45 am.
The teenager, driving his father’s Mercedes S350 apparently lost control on a bend in the road and, despite hitting the brakes, he skidded for 100 metres and crashed into the back of three taxis which had stopped at a red light.
The impact of the crash was so fierce that a number of other vehicles were involved and 13 people were injured in total and all were taken to hospital where some of them remained yesterday.
Six SAMU-061 ambulance crews were involved in responding to the accident and yesterday, senior sources for SAMU-061 reported that during the week 1 -7 July, its emergency crews responded to 77 incidents in Magalluf alone. What is more, 80 percent of all incidents in Punta Ballena and in public places in Magalluf involve drugs, alcohol and violence.
Nearly all of the SAMU-061 staff responsible for Magalluf and the surrounding area are extremely professional and have a great deal of experience.
"We have noticed a slight increase in the number of young people using a type of drug that has been either cut with heroin or morphine.
"They are either swallowed or sniffed and at the moment we don’t know where it is coming from," Humberto Trinchet, a medical and emergency professional who has worked for a private ambulance company in the area for many years explained.
One of the big concerns this summer is the emergence of a drug known as cannibal on the market.
It makes people who take it extremely aggressive and wanting to bite people.
There have been at least three incidents involving the drug over the past weeks, the worst being a man on the rampage on Magalluf beach biting anyone who crossed his path.
It required seven members of the Local Police to restrain him.
The drug originates from Miami and was first tested in Ibiza, now it is available here in Majorca.