Hundreds hurt as Spanish festival boardwalk collapses into sea

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Reports suggest that the incident happened shortly before midnight on Sunday during the performance of Mallorcan rapper Rels B.

"The floor went down like an elevator", Aitana Alonso told local media. "It broke and we all fell", one attendee told a Spanish newspaper.

"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". I had trouble getting out. People landed on top of me. A boy gave me his hand and I got out. "I tried to get out and someone helped me". I felt paralysed and [then] I left. At the moment 266 patients have been treated, the vast majority are light injuries for bruises.

The head of the Galician region's health authority, Jesus Vazquez Almuina, told Antena 3 television that 313 people required treatment.

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

Abel Caballero, the mayor of Vigo, ruled out the possibility that they could have been trapped under the collapsed platform, as rescuers scanned the area twice with thermal cameras, El Pais reported.

O Marisquiño is a free outdoor festival attended by about 160,000 people.

The popular annual festival features music and urban sports such as skateboarding.

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