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Family 'deeply shocked' by death of 'lovely couple' Tony and Delia Green in Majorca flash flooding

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Geraint Vincent

The family of Delia and Tony Green, who died in flash flooding in Majorca, have said they are "deeply shocked" by their deaths and "take some solace from the knowledge that they died together".

The couple died along with taxi driver Juan Sillero when the car they were travelling in was swept away by a torrent of water near the coastal resort of S’Illot as they made their way from the airport to their hotel.

In a statement the family of Delia and Tony Green, who were among 12 people who died, said: "We are deeply shocked by the sudden passing of our parents Delia and Tony Green in the tragic events in Majorca."

Mr and Mrs Green, who had recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary, were in Majorca for a fortnight-long holiday on the island when the flooding hit.

"Delia and Tony were a loving, kind and caring couple. They were at their happiest when they were with their family and friends."

Cars were swept up by the flood. Credit: AP

Mr Green was a retired headteacher who had also worked in Germany and travelled regularly with his wife.

Their family said they took solace knowing they died together.

"Our thoughts also go out to their taxi driver and his family who are coming to terms with their loss as well. They will all be missed by everyone who knew them.

"We would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to our family as we come to terms with losing our parents. We would very much appreciate privacy at this most difficult of times."

Mr and Mrs Green - both in their 70s - from Moffat in Dumfries were described as a "lovely couple" by locals.

The flooding has caused devastation. Credit: AP

Rescue workers reportedly found the car submerged and on its side at the mouth of the torrent in S’Illot at 2am (1am BST) on Wednesday.

Moffat businesswoman Rosina Dawon told ITV News: "They'd come in for ice creams in the summer, and they're just such a lovely couple.

"It's just so sad, and, I think, when the town finds out, because everybody knows everybody in the town, it's just such a shock."

Neighbour Emilio di Cerbo described the couple enjoying their garden over the summer.

"It's very tragic," he told ITV News. "He was a lovely chap to talk to."

The town of Sant Llorenc was worst hit by the downpours. Credit: PA

Authorities on the popular tourist island said 10 people, three of them foreigners, died after torrential rain deluged the region around the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma.

Emergency services assisted by the military were said to be also searching for a five-year-old boy missing since the disaster.

Some parts of the island received up to 9in (23cm) of rainfall in a matter of hours on Tuesday evening.

Witnesses described having minutes to find safety as the water levels rose, inundating houses and catching motorists off guard.

The floodwaters tore down trees, swept numerous cars and trucks into piles of twisted metal and buried streets under mud.

Residents clean mud inside their house after flooding in Sant Llorenc. Credit: AP

According to Diario de Mallorca, the bodies of an 81-year-old man and 83-year-old woman were among the first to be found on Tuesday.

Rafel Gili Sastre, 71, a former municipal mayor, was later found dead at his home, the paper said.

Authorities said 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military’s emergency unit had joined more than 100 rescuers deployed in the area on Wednesday.

Meanwhile tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the island, was seen joining in with the clean-up effort.

The world number one invited locals to take shelter at his tennis academy in nearby Manacor and then donned wellington boots to join other volunteers.

“Sad day in Majorca,” the 30-year-old tennis star said on Twitter.

"My heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured by the serious floods in San Llorenç."

The tennis star led a one-minute silence at his club in honour of the victims.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called news of the flooding “devastating” as he visited the area on Wednesday.

He said: “My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all the affected by these tragic floods,” he said.