Mud and rain injures 1000 festival goers
Posted: August 30, 2015
Posted in: Foot Injuries Leg Injuries Personal Injury Public Place Accidents
According to the medics that worked at this year’s V Festival in Weston Park, Staffordshire, a number of people were quite badly injured because of the mud. A storm hit the festival on the Saturday, which saw torrential downpours flood the campsites and arenas. It was recorded that ambulance crews were called to the scene of the festival 178 times because of mud-related injuries, treating a total of 1,000 people on site. A total of 36 people required hospital treatment.
A report showed that injuries ranged from suspected fractured ankles and lower leg injuries, to general trips and falls. 300 staff members and volunteers, from the West Midlands Ambulance Service, Venture Event Medical Management and St John Ambulance, treated those injured at the festival.
Venue only two-thirds full
John Hawker, spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “The weather Saturday into Sunday made the site quite wet and it would definitely have been a contributing factor to the kinds of injuries we saw.”
It was calculated by festival organisers that the 90,000-capacity festival was only two-thirds full, despite it being its 20th anniversary event. Figures showed that only 55,000 tickets were sold in advance, lower than usual. It was also uncovered that where 2014 saw 19 arrests, this year saw thirty.
Headliners included Calvin Harris, Tom Jones, Sam Smith and Kasabian.
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