The Monte Ponig mountain also known as the sleeping Lion in the Barony of Polop hasclaimed the life of a British man whilst he was abseiling with his sister-in-law. A spokesperson for the Guardia Civil said: “Thealert was raised just after 4pm in the afternoon.”
The mountain inland from Benidorm in the province of Alicante is a popular spot for walkers and rock climbers.
They had successfully climbed to the top and it was whilst abseiling down they both fell. The 36-year-old British man was said to have fallen over 80ft; the woman who was with the man had also sustained injuries after falling 25ft. She was eventually rescued by helicopter.
Emergency services were said to have spent sometime trying to save the life of the man who died after suffering a serious wound to his chest.
A spokesperson for the local fire service added: “The woman was rescued in a fire service helicopter and taken to a fire station in Benidorm before being transferred to hospital.”
The dead man’s body was also taken by helicopter separately to the same fire station where the police investigators then took charge of the situation.