Brit hiker seriously injured in Majorca after plunging 160ft down mountain while walking popular trail

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A BRITISH hiker has been seriously injured in a 160ft fall in a mountainous area of Majorca.

The 63-year-old was taken to hospital in the Majorcan capital Palma in a police helicopter after his partner called for help.

 The man fell while on the Painter’s Path close to the coastal village of Deia

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The man fell while on the Painter’s Path close to the coastal village of Deia
 Deia is in a mountainous part of the holiday isle

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Deia is in a mountainous part of the holiday isle

Firefighters and Civil Guard officers specialising in mountain rescues were mobilised around 1.30pm on Thursday.

The injured man is understood to have been tackling a popular hike called Painter’s Path in English which is a walk along the coastline close to the village of Deia where Bob Geldof regularly holidays and his daughter Pixie got married last year.

He was taken to Son Espases Hospital in Palma. His condition this morning was not immediately clear.

A spokesman for the Civil Guard said the “complicated” rescue had taken almost an hour.

He said: “The man was walking with his partner when he suffered the accident.

“He fell around 160ft. It was more of a slope than a vertical drop but he was nonetheless in a very serious condition when he was taken to hospital.

“The call was received around 1.30pm and he was put in the helicopter around 2.35pm.”

 The hiker was taken to Son Espases Hospital in Palma by police helicopter

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The hiker was taken to Son Espases Hospital in Palma by police helicopter
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Painter’s Path – Cami dels Pintors in the local Mallorquin language – is a specular coastal path which has served as inspiration for artists over the years.

Many hikers choose a 7.5 mile circular route which involves the walk along Painter’s Path with a more difficult return along Son Castello Path which links Deia with the town of Soller.

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