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Scots couple killed as taxi swept away in Majorca floods

Anthony and Delia Green, from Moffat in Dumfries, died along with cab driver Juan Sillero.

A Scottish couple have been killed when their taxi was swept away by a flash flood in Majorca.

Anthony and Delia Green, from Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, died along with cab driver Juan Sillero when the car was swept away by a torrent of water near the coastal resort of S'Illot.

Mr Green, 77, and his wife, 75, were being driven to a hotel in Cala Bona when the taxi was caught by the floodwaters.

Rescue workers reportedly found the car submerged and on its side at the mouth of the torrent in S'Illot at 1am on Wednesday.

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.

Majorca: They died in a taxi.
Majorca: They died in a taxi. PA

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.

Neighbour Emilio Dicerbo described them as a "lovely couple" who always took pride in the way their house looked.

He said: "The Green's came here a fair number of years ago and Tony and I got on well because he was a model railway enthusiast.

"Tony and Delia were a lovely couple. Tony kept the front of his house really tidy and attractive.

"We always had a blether.

"Tony was a lovely chap and always spent the time of day with you and his wife would come down and get in the car and go on a wee run with him.

"He socialised quite a bit and he liked a game of pool.

Moffat: The couple took pride in their house.
Moffat: The couple took pride in their house.

"He was a lovely chap to speak to.

"It's sad, it's very tragic."

Rosina Dawson, of Dawson's Ice Cream Shop, added : "Tony came in for ice creams in the summer and they were a lovely couple and it was so sad.

"I think when the town finds out, because everyone knows everyone, it will be such a shock."

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply difficult time.

"Our staff remain in contact with the Spanish authorities who are responsible for responding to the floods, and are ready to assist any other British people who require our help."

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