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Man dies after palm tree falls on him while cutting it down in popular Axarquía village
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Man dies after palm tree falls on him while cutting it down in popular Axarquía village

The victim's wife alerted the 112 Andalucía emergency services because her husband was trapped under the tree in Frigiliana and unconscious

Eugenio Cabezas

Axarquía

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 15:37

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There has been a new work-related death in Malaga province. Dominique, a 69-year-old retired man with French nationality, died this Wednesday morning (28 February) after a palm tree fell on him in the Axarquía municipality of Frigiliana in Malaga province, according to the 112 Andalucía emergency services control room.

The incident happened in an area known as Camino del Barranco Fernández, bordering the municipality of Torrox, at around 11.45am, when the victim's wife called the 112 emergency number because her husband was trapped under the tree and unconscious.

Firefighters from Malaga's provincial fire brigade rushed to the scene to free the victim, together with Local Police and an 061 health emergency ambulance team, which certified his death on the spot, according to fire brigade sources.

The victim's body was transferred to Malaga where the autopsy will be performed, but it is believed the man died from asphyxiation, crushed by the palm tree he was cutting down.

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