Two South Koreans dead, athletes hurt in nightclub collapse

  • 07:36 27 July 2019

Two South Koreans dead, athletes hurt in nightclub collapse

Two South Koreans died and several others, including athletes participating in the World Aquatics Championships, were injured when an upper floor of a nightclub collapsed in the southern city of Gwangju early on Saturday, a fire department official said, APA reports quoting Reuters.

At least 10 people were injured when the structure collapsed on top of revellers around 2 a.m. KST (1700 GMT Friday), pinning people underneath, the Gwangju Fire Department official said.

The official did not give an exact number of how many athletes were among those injured.

Gwangju, about 330 km (205 miles) south of the capital Seoul, has been hosting the championships, which feature swimming, water polo and diving, over the past fortnight. The meet finishes on Sunday.

South Korean news agency Yonhap said local authorities had confirmed nine foreign athletes were injured — four Americans, two New Zealanders, one Dutch, one Italian and one Brazilian.

All the athletes were water polo players except the Brazilian, they said.

Two athletes were treated at Chosun University Hospital, one was treated at an unnamed Gwangju hospital, and the remainder went to the athletes village medical centre for treatment for minor injuries, it said.

Australian, New Zealand and U.S. water polo officials confirmed team members were present when the incident occurred.

New Zealand men’s team captain Matt Small said the floor collapsed on top of people as they were dancing.