Two Tragically Killed, 16 Injured in Balcony Collapse in South Korea
SOUTH KOREA – According to an online news report published by fltimes.com, two people were tragically killed, and 16 others were injured in a balcony collapse that happened in Seoul, South Korea. The accident happened at a nightclub, where athletes competing in the world swimming championships had gathered.*
The collapse was near the athlete village in the city of Gwangju, Seoul. The Finger Lake Times reports that two men from South Korea were tragically killed in the accident, and 16 people sustained injuries, including eight athletes from the swimming competition.
The injured athletes included three people from the United States, two people from New Zealand, one person from Italy, one person from Brazil, and one person from the Netherlands. The athletes from the United States include a woman from Newport Beach, California, a woman from Santa Barbara, California, and a man from Westlake Village, California.
Officials and the Finger Lake Times report that most of the injuries sustained during the accident were minor, but one woman from the United States needed surgery for her injuries. The news report identified her as the woman from Newport Beach. The report said she sustained a deep cut to one of her legs.
“This is an awful tragedy,” said the CEO of USA Water Polo, Christopher Ramsey. “Players from our men’s and women’s teams were celebrating the women’s world championship victory when the collapse occurred at a public club. Our hearts go out to the victim of the crash and their families.”
It is not clear at this time how or why the collapse occurred. The name of the nightclub was not included in the report. Police are reportedly investigating whether the balcony that collapsed at the club was an unauthorized structure. No further information about the collapse or the investigation was reported by the Finger Lake Times.
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