14 Oct, 2018 @ 12:12
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Young boy Arthur Robinson feared dead after Mallorca floods rescuers find his backpack and extend search out to sea

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THE search for the young boy still missing following Mallorca’s floods will be extended 14km out to sea today.

It comes after rescuers searching for eight-year-old Arthur Robinson found his rucksack yesterday.

Some 230 soldiers have been helping in the search, which has become a ‘top priority’.

The search has now ‘changed strategy’ and will use more ‘specialised techniques’, suggesting they are looking for a body.

Searchers found Arthur’s backpack in Cala Morlanda, leading them to believe he could have been dragged six kilometres downstream towards the sea.

Director of the search operation Joan Pol confirmed the backpack was that of Arthur’s and clarified that another one found on Thursday in Son Carrio was actually his sister Ursula’s.

She was miraculously saved by a German cyclist.

Their mother, Joana Literas, died in the worst floods to hit Mallorca for a century.

Hundreds flocked to the 40-year-old’s funeral in her hometown of Manacor yesterday.

The boy’s age was previously reported to be five but it is now believed to be eight, according to Spanish news agency EFE.

More to follow…

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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