Hunt for missing British man 'swept out to sea' in Ibiza as Storm Gloria batters Balearic Islands

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

As devastating storms sweep across eastern Spain, a search has been launched for a missing British man who may have been swept out to sea.

The unnamed 25-year-old was last seen on Tuesday in the Sant Joan de Labritia of Ibiza as Storm Gloria brought strong winds and heavy rain to the region.

The man is understood to be a crew member of a boat that was docked in the port of Ibiza and was reportedly on a tour of the island on a motorcycle.

W Barcelona hotel is pictured in the mist while big waves hit El Bogatell beach in Barcelona as storm Gloria batters the Spanish eastern coast (Getty)
A flooded field is pictured in Malgrat de Mar, near Girona (Getty)

The captain of the boat where he worked raised the alarm when the man did not return from his trip, while his bike has since been found.

Yahoo News UK has contacted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a comment.

At least four people have so far died as a result of Storm Gloria, while another man is believed to be missing in the Balearic Islands.

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The violent storms hit Spain on Monday, causing major damage to beaches around the Balearics, Barcelona and Valencia.

Huge waves  of up to 8.44m and gale-force winds have smashed into buildings in Mallorca, causing power to fall for some 200,000 people in one beach town.

Weather alerts have been issued in more than 30 provinces, prompting Catalonia’s regional government to place a ban on all outdoor activities in the Girona, Barcelona and Catalonia regions.

Policemen and security members walk on a fallen bridge in Malgrat de Mar, near Girona (Getty)
Big waves overpass a breakwater at the Port Olympic marina in Barcelona as storm Gloria batters Spain (Getty)

Alicante airport was forced to close, leading to nearly 200 flights being cancelled, while the snow-hit region of Asturias saw one man killed as he tried to fit chains on his car.

Other deaths include a 63-year-old man who was killed by falling roof tiles, and a man who died of suspected hypothermia in the Valencian town of Moixent.

The death of a 54-year-old homeless woman in Gandia, near Valencia, has also been blamed on the storms.