DEAD CLIMBER: Jonathan Jardim (right) fell while climbing the ‘hole’ at Sa Foradada

RELATIVES of a South African rock climber who fell to his death in Mallorca have faced an agonising wait to hear if Spanish police recovered his body.

Palma resident Jonathan Jardim, had been abseiling at Sa Foradada, in the Serra de Tramuntana , with a friend when he lost his footing and fell 60 feet onto rocks.

The 22-year-old’s family have blasted Spanish authorities for keeping relatives in the dark, after waiting 24 hours to hear news of the recovery.

“We don’t know if they have been able to return with Jonathan’s body.

“We are told nothing, and have to rely on news reports from half-way around the world,” a relative in Cape Town told the Olive Press.

An Olive Press probe has since confirmed the body was recovered using a helicopter and has been transported to a medical examiner in Palma.

Several teams of firefighters joined Local Police from Valldemossa and Deia in the recovery operation, which took place near the famous hole of Sa Foradada.

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