Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Hundreds injured in platform collapse at Spain festival

Hundreds injured in platform collapse at Spain festival

"We were all on the catwalk and suddenly everything opened, I fell on top of people and people fell on top of me", an unnamed 16-year-old boy told Faro de Vigo, according to Sky News.

There were no reports of any fatalities from the incident which the Galicia regional government said left 316 people injured at the O Marisquino festival in the town of Vigo.

"The floor went down like an elevator", Aitana Alonso told local media.

"It broke and we all fell in". "People fell on me".

"I had people underneath, screaming that I could not get out, I was overwhelmed, I thought I was not going out, I was trying and falling down again".

Police, rescue and emergency crews worked for hours to get people out of the water, set up a triage site, and send the injured to nearby hospitals.

"There were people underneath me, shouting they couldn't get out".

Most suffered light injuries, mainly bruises.

"It was the worst moment of my life", said Andres, a young man who was in the VIP area, telling El Faro de Vigo he saw "people crying, others running".

The head of the Galician region's health authority, Jesus Vazquez Almuina, told Antena 3 television that 313 people required treatment. Rescue workers say chaos struck when boards buckled under their load and concert-goers began sliding into the sea.

"O Marisquiño" bills itself as an urban, culture and action sports festival.

Festival organisers said they "profoundly regretted" the accident and stressed in a statement that the concerts they put on "met the security requirements required by law".

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