Has a collapsing pier injured over 300 people at Spanish music festival?

  • img Harvey Cawdron
  • POSTED ON 13 Aug 2018

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During an urban music festival in Spain, over 300 people have been injured after a pier collapsed into the sea. 

The collapse occurred during the 'O Marisquiño' event on the northwest coast in Vigo, and it is said that at least 5 people are in a serious condition after suffering broken arms, legs, or head injuries. 

According to local media, the pier collapsed just moments after rapper rapper Rels B told the crowd to jump at the beginning of his set. 

Panic set in as people tumbled into the sea and landed on top of each other.

Police have said that they have no record of any deaths, but divers were sent down into the sea to make sure there were no bodies. Firemen also used thermal cameras to scan the wreckage for any potentially trapped victims. 

Those spared from the fall assisted the injured immediately. 

Aitana Alonso told local paper Diario de Vigo that 'The floor gave way beneath us as if we were in a lift. It was a question of five seconds. The platform broke and we all fell. People landed on top of me. I tried to get out and couldn't. My foot ended up stuck in the water but I managed to free it before a boy gave me his hand and pulled me out. There were people underneath me, shouting they couldn't get out. I didn't think I would.' 

A friend said the scene was 'horrible, chaos, panic', adding that 'I saw a family and the little girl was saying to her dad, 'If we die here, I love you.' 

Another person attending the concert said 'It was the worst moment of my life', adding that they saw people screaming and running around.

Another 16-year-old said 'We were on the walkway when it opened up. I fell on people and people fell on me. I was hit on the head and then some sort of container fell as well. I tried to get out and someone helped me.'

Abel Caballero, the mayor of the city, declared that an investigation will be launched to find out the reasons for the platform's collapse. 

Vigo's Port Authority president Enrique Lopez Veiga said he believed 'excess weight' was the reason. 

There were no immediate reports of any UK or Irish citizens being among the injured, although the nationalities of those hurt is yet to be released. 

Members of the National Police, the Local Police and other emergency personnel assisted those damaged straight away with a string of ambulances arriving continuously at the scene. Those hurt were taken to various hospitals. 

An information point was set up by organisers for those who could not find their loved ones initially. 

In a tweet, Rels B wished 'strength' to those hurt and advised anyone concerned about friends or relatives to contact one of the emergency information points that the festival organisers had set up.