Greener BeeGreen HolidaysBrit holidaymaker drowned in the sea in Magaluf on his 50th birthday on his first ever holiday abroad

A BRIT who was celebrating his 50th birthday with his first trip abroad was killed after a freak thunderstorm swept him out to sea.

Michael Knight suffered major brain damage after being pulled under the waves while swimming in the water at Magaluf in Majorca, with violent wind and rains having suddenly blown in.

Michael Knight was celebrating his 50th birthday with a trip to Magaluf

Michael Knight was celebrating his 50th birthday with a trip to Magaluf

The father of seven had been swimming when a freak storm appeared, with the Brit pulled into the sea

The father of seven had been swimming when a freak storm appeared, with the Brit pulled into the sea

Despite lifeguards managing to pull him out, Mr Knight could not be revived and died in hospital three weeks later.

Friend and fellow holidaymaker Mark Hartley said Michael had been excited about the week-long trip to the Spanish island, saying the 49-year-old had told him he was a strong swimmer.

He told the inquest: “We have been going there for years and there were always people talking about how you didn’t quite know when a storm would come.”

Michael Knight had been excited for his first trip overseas

Michael Knight had been excited for his first trip overseas

Describing the storm that swept in, which flooded streets, he added: “It was one of the worst I had seen, there was thunder and lightning and everything.”

The inquest heard that lifeguards had changed their flags from yellow to green to indicate a storm was coming just as the father of seven went into the water.

Mr Knight’s partner Leila Ward said: “He was looking forward to going abroad and it was for his birthday present. The only time he had gone near it really was to Wales and holidays like that.

“The last conversation I had with him was when I was picking our daughter up from a school trip.

”He said ‘hang on I just need to pay this guy for a sun lounger’, and I told him to call me back later. He had never mentioned swimming or the sea.”



Mr Knight’s daughter Emily revealed she had spoken to her father before his death, but he hadn’t mentioned he was going to go for a swim.

She said she was eventually told by doctors that there would be a possibility that only 5 per cent of her father’s brain would be functioning after the incident in September last year.

The 49-year-old, a former security guard, from Salford Greater, suffered a number of seizures and contracted pneumonia, passing away in October last year.

Mike Knight was someone who was wanting to enjoy the experience of being in the sea but it sadly led to his death


Alan WalshCoroner

Recording a conclusion of misadventure, Coroner Alan Walsh said: “Mike Knight was someone who had never been abroad in his life and as part of a birthday present he decided to go abroad for the first time with his friends.

“The holiday had been planned to last a week and they were staying in a hotel at Palma Nova in Majorca, he was obviously extremely excited by the fact that he was going abroad for the first time with his friends.

“He was in the mood to celebrate and experience what he felt he had been missing out on in the previous 49 years of his life.”

The coroner said that Mr Knight was likely excited to make the most of his holiday

The coroner said that Mr Knight was likely excited to make the most of his holiday

The sunrise over waters in Magaluf (stock image)

The sunrise over waters in Magaluf (stock image), with the inquest into Mr Knight’s death finding the man was not aware of the unpredictable storms

He said it was unclear if Mr Knight had been able to swim, saying: “I feel that he decided to do the one thing he had probably never done and go into the sea on his first holiday abroad in Majorca.

“What he would not have appreciated or known that the storms that arise in the area are unpredictable and rapid.”

He said that Mr Knight was someone who was “clearly inexperienced in the sea” and would not have known what to do.

He said: ”I am satisfied that there are protocols in place to rescue people who get into difficulty in the area, and Mr Knight was rescued from the sea quickly by the lifeguard.

“Mike Knight was someone who was wanting to enjoy the experience of being in the sea but it sadly led to his death.”

Article source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3892049/brit-holidaymaker-drowned-first-holiday-abroad-magaluf/


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