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Australians caught up in fatal balcony collapse

Australian women’s water polo team caught up in nightclub balcony collapse that killed at least two people after claiming bronze at world championships in South Korea

  • A nightclub balcony has collapsed in Gwangju, South Korea killing two people 
  • Members of the Australian women’s water polo team were in the nightclub   
  • Water Polo Australia has confirmed none of the Australian team were injured  

Members of Australia’s women’s water polo team were celebrating in a nightclub in South Korea when a balcony collapsed killing two people and injuring 14 more.  

The team were partying after winning bronze at the world championships and were said to be ‘deeply shocked’ by the accident. 

No Australians were hurt in the incident. 

The balcony of the Coyote Ugly nightclub in Gwangju collapsed shortly after 2am Saturday morning. 

The team were partying after winning bronze at the world championships (pictured) and were said to be ‘deeply shocked’ by the accident 

Other teams were also celebrating at the venue which is located next to the athlete’s village. 

Two members of the New Zealand water polo team reportedly sustained minor injuries and a member of the US team suffered a broken leg. 

The nightclub is in the South Korean city of Gwangju where the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships are currently being held. 

Video from inside the nightclub shows patrons holding the remaining parts of the balcony up moments after the collapse. 

A spokesperson for Water Polo Australia confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that members of the Australian team were at the nightclub when the balcony collapsed.  

‘Water Polo Australia can confirm that members of the Australian women’s water polo team were celebrating their world championship bronze medal win at an establishment in Gwangju, South Korea last night when part of the balcony collapsed.’

‘All Australian players are safe and uninjured.’ 

Video from inside the nightclub show patrons holding the remaining parts of the balcony up

Video from inside the nightclub show patrons holding the remaining parts of the balcony up

Video from inside the nightclub show patrons holding the remaining parts of the balcony up  

The Australian women’s water polo team had been awarded a bronze medal at the world championships earlier in the day after beating Hungary. 

The United States won their third straight gold medal, beating Spain 11-6.  

The medal was Australia’s first in the world championships since 2013 when they won the silver medal. 

 

 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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