Hundreds injured in Spain after a wooden platform collapsed at a Vigo festival


Some fell into the sea. At least four people are said to be in a serious condition following the collapse. There were no known fatalities. Divers were sent into the sea to check that no-one was trapped beneath the structure. The wooden platform gave way during the first song of the concert. But it was a matter of five seconds. It is not yet clear why the platform collapsed. The regional health minister, Jesus Vazquez Almuina, told local radio about the nature of the injuries people suffered. The mayor of the city, Abel Caballero, has said there will be an investigation into the causes of the incident.


O Marisquiño is a free festival attended by some 160,000 visitors. It is dedicated to various cultural activities, including concerts and gastronomy, and some 10 sports competitions including skateboarding and mountain biking. From 2001 to the present day O Marisquiño has been the most important urban sports event in southern Europe. O Marisquiño organises three world cups: World Cup Skateboarding Street ,  World Cup Skateboarding Miniramp and Dirt FMB World Tour, all of them counting towards the world rankings and featuring the best national and international riders. The main competitions of the festival take place in this 150,000 square metre area by the sea.


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