British man suffers broken ankle ‘with bone sticking out of his skin’ after falling during third day of Spain’s Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona
- The 49-year-old suffered a compound fracture while braving the San Fermin run
- He and a 42-year-old from Chicago were taken to hospital on Tuesday morning
- Twelve runners have been hurt so far in this year’s festival, three of them gored
A Briton has been rushed to hospital with a broken left ankle following a fall at the famous Running of the Bulls festival.
The 49-year-old was left in agony with the broken bone sticking out of his skin following the tumble on the third of eight runs on Tuesday morning in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.
He has not been fully named and has only been identified by his initials – S.S.
Men run with the bulls in Pamplona on Tuesday morning as part of the daily herding of animals towards the bullring during the San Fermin festival
A bull hits a reveller as he falls down in the bull ring after the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on Tuesday, where a British man suffered a broken ankle
It is not known where in the UK he is from. He was being operated on at a city hospital on Tuesday morning.
The British runner was one of two men taken to hospital from the half-mile course on Tuesday.
The other was a 42-year-old from Chicago.
A wild cow leaps over revellers who have made a human barrier at the entrance to the bullring at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on Tuesday. Several of the men are taking photos with their mobile phones.
So far this year 12 runners have needed hospital treatment – three for gore injuries.
Four of the 12 casualties so far have been American.
The six fighting bulls, led by six steers, took just over two minutes to complete the course on Tuesday through Pamplona’s Old Town.
Paramedics attend to men hurt in the running of the bulls on Tuesday morning during the festival of San Fermin in Pamplona
The nine-day festival – known in Spain as San Fermin – kicked off on Saturday at midday with the traditional ‘chupinazo’.
Revellers wearing traditional red and white were quickly soaked in sangria as the event got underway.
The eight morning runs, called encierros in Spanish, form the highlight of the festival.
A ‘mozo’, or runner, falls beneath bulls from the Jose Escolar Gil ranch during the third ‘encierro’ or run of the Pamplona San Fermin festival on Tuesday morning
Most revellers party all day – and often all night – with many getting little sleep and sometimes none at all before watching the 8am encierros behind the safety of wooden barriers.
Sixteen people have been killed at the annual festival, which finishes on July 14 and was made famous by 1926 Ernest Hemingway novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’, since records began in 1910.
A man dodges out of the path of the bulls on Tuesday monring’s run at the San Fermin festival
The most recent death was in 2009 when 27-year-old Daniel Jimeno, from Madrid, was gored in the neck by a bull called Capuchino.
Several foreigners, from Australians to Americans through to Britons and Irish, are normally among the injured.
Between 200 and 300 are usually injured each year at the festival during the bull runs.
Men run ahead of and beside the bulls down a crowded street in Pamplona on Tuesday morning
A bull hits a reveller as he falls down in the bull ring after the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival on Tuesday