A little boy has been rescued after he “spent the night perched in a tree” to escape the floods that hit Spain in recent days. Several people lost their lives in these bad weather.
A miraculous rescue. In Spain, a 10-year-old boy was rescued this weekend after clinging to a tree for eight hours, hoping to escape the torrential rains hitting the country.
“The poor boy spent the night perched in a tree,” Isabel Diaz Ayuso, president of the Madrid region, told reporters.
On Sunday, when the depression gained strength, the survivor’s family was enjoying a vacation in a second home in Aldea Del Fresno, west of Madrid. As told El Pais, the family tried to escape the bad weather in a car. Ultimately, the vehicle and its four occupants were swept away by the waves.
The young boy was carried by the current for three kilometers before managing to cling to a seven meter high ash tree. It was local residents who called the police in the early morning after hearing screams.
The police officer who found him described the scene to the Spanish daily. In the early morning, the boy was only holding on to a tiny branch, as thick as a finger.
“He clung to life, I don’t know how he was able to resist,” commented the police officer. The miracle victim was taken to hospital, in a state of hypothermia and covered in bruises.
His father missing
The Civil Guard clarified on X (formerly Twitter) that the young boy’s sister and mother had been rescued during the night. Monday September 4, the father remained nowhere to be found.
“We are inspecting the river to try to locate the vehicle [où se trouvait le père]”, Madrid region emergency services spokesperson Javier Chivite said on public television.
The president of Castile-La Mancha, Emiliano Garcia-Page, announced Monday morning on social networks “the death of two people in the province of Toledo”, in the localities of Casarrubios del Monte and Bargas. He did not give details of the circumstances of the deaths.
The Civil Guard announced later in the day the death of a third person, a 50-year-old man whose body was located near a stream in Camarena, in the same province of Toledo.
In total, three deaths and three missing are to be deplored according to the latest report from the authorities. The phenomenon of “isolated depression at high levels” (Dana) had already claimed many lives. In 2018, 13 people died on the Balearic island of Mallorca.
Source: BFM TV