Spain festival collapse in Vigo injures hundreds

Several firefighters search for victims after several dozens people fell into the sea when a wooden gateway collapsed during a concert in Vigo, north-western Spain, on 12 August 2018Image copyright

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Emergency workers rushed to the scene to help the injured

More than 250 people have been injured, five seriously, after a section of wooden jetty collapsed at an urban sports and music festival in Spain.

The seafront platform had been packed with people watching a rap artist at the two-day O Marisquiño event in the north-west city of Vigo, in Galicia.

Police confirmed that there were no known fatalities.

Witnesses reported scenes of panic as people – many of them teenagers – tried to scramble to safety.

Some fell into the sea.

Personal effects such as mobile phones and handbags were left scattered on the ground.

Several emergency teams attended to the injured, and divers were sent into the sea to check that no-one was trapped beneath the structure.

According to reports, the incident happened shortly before midnight on Sunday as a crowd was listening to the Majorcan rap artist Rels B.

Some 266 people were injured in the incident, the regional minister for health told local radio.

In a tweet (in Spanish), Rels B wished “strength” to the injured and advised anyone worried about friends or relatives to contact an emergency information point set up by festival organisers.

The mayor of the city, Abel Caballero, has said there will be an investigation into the causes of the incident.

It is not yet clear whether the platform collapsed because there were too many people on it, or because the structure itself was weak, or whether other factors were involved.


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