Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Two Dead, More In Critical Condition After Defqon.1 Festival In Australia

Two Dead, More In Critical Condition After Defqon.1 Festival In Australia

Politicians vowed to ban the festival, pointing to similar tragedies in previous years.

'The organisers of Defqon.1 Australia are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of two of their patrons at Nepean Hospital after attending the festival last night and would like to convey their sincerest condolences to their families and friends'.

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman died on Saturday after collapsing at the Defqon.1 festival, the police said.

Three people who were transported to hospitals are in critical condition, a Jamisontown woman, 26, who is at Nepean hospital, and an Artarmon man, 19, who was flown to Westmead hospital and is in intensive care.

Two people died, a dozen more were hospitalised and hundreds others sought medical help after suspected drug overdoses at a music festival in Sydney, the police said.

Two others remain in a critical condition in hospital this morning.

'We are disappointed at the number of reported drug-related incidents.

The organizers of the dance, trance and techno annual music festival, held in Australia since 2009, say on their website that the festival has a zero-tolerance policy on illegal drugs.

"This means that all types of soft- and hard drugs are prohibited". 1 said in a statement published by The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Pill testing was not available at Defqon.1, nor has it been available at any Australian music festival since it was trialled at Canbera's Groovin' the Moo in April.

"Anyone who advocates pill-testing is giving the green light to drugs", she said.

"I'm absolutely aghast at what's occurred".

"I never want to see this event held in Sydney or New South Wales ever again - we will do everything we can to shut this down", she said.

A total of 355 drug searches were conducted with 69 people found to be in possession of drugs, including the 10 charged with supply offences.

Police have rounded up suspected drug suppliers and charged ten people - including two teenage girls who allegedly took 120 pills to Defqon.1.

"It just shows the extent that people will try to take to take drugs into these venues", Acting Assistant Commissioner Allan Sicard told reporters on Sunday.

They were rushed to the nearby Nepean Hospital but sadly could not be revived and died a short time later.

Sicard said the problem with taking illicit drugs at music festivals is that the contents of the substances can not be ascertained.

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