Aussie team caught in balcony collapse

 

Terrifying scenes have unfolded at nightclub in South Korea after a balcony collapse that left at least one person dead.

It's understood the Australian women's water polo team was inside the venue at the time, where video footage shows patrons attempting to support the falling structure as others scream.

It's believed the Aussies escaped unharmed. Players from New Zealand's men's and women's water polo teams were also in attendance.

Korean media reports at least 14 people were taken to hospital.

It’s believed the balcony that collapsed was an internal stage within the nightclub. Picture: Supplied
It’s believed the balcony that collapsed was an internal stage within the nightclub. Picture: Supplied

Hundreds of people including revellers and staff were inside the seven-storey Coyote Ugly nightclub in Gwangju - about 270 kilometres south of the capital Seoul - when the incident occured.

It's understood the structure involced was an internal stage within the nightclub.

NZ's men's captain painted said he and several teammates had been enjoying themselves when the collapse suddenly occured.

"[It was] business as usual and then it literally collapsed beneath our feet," Mr Small said, according to the NZ Herald.

He said while his team was "a bit shaken up", no one was injured.

Mr Small painted a harrowing scene, saying: "We were just dancing and then the next minute we dropped 5m-6m and everyone started rushing out of the club after that.

"We, I guess, fell on top of the heads of other people that were beneath us."

At least 14 people were left injured. Picture: Supplied
At least 14 people were left injured. Picture: Supplied

He said several of his teammates tried to pull victims out from under the rubbled, adding some were "dire cases".

"We were more so just concerned about everyone else, we were trying to do a number count and make sure all the boys were there," he said.

"And everyone was fine - so pretty relieving stuff but at the same time pretty chilling."

NZ Water Polo chief executive Chris Wilson said all of his country's players were "safe and well", with a couple of players from the women's team suffering minor injuries.

The incident occured at 2.39am Korean time (3.39am AEST), and several other foreigners were also injured, inlcuding a US water polo player who competed in the World Swimming Championships.


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