According to the Daily Mercury, a 21-year-old French tourist who attended Mushroom Valley Festival in Australia has suffered horrific burns to 40 percent of her body, including her legs, torso and forearms, after jumping into a fire three times at a campsite nearby the festival grounds on Saturday (Oct. 7). She also suffered severe cuts from a barbed wire fence she climbed to enter the campsite.
The tragic news comes approximately one month after a Burning Man attendee ran into the flames of the festival’s signature burning ceremony, dying just hours later.
The women, who reportedly took hallucinogenic drugs, was conscious while her burns were wrapped and treated by the RACQ CQ Rescue crew who arrived on the scene around 2:30 a.m. the following morning. She was then flown to the Mackay Base Hospital, arriving at 3:45 a.m..
Mushroom Valley Festival organizer Ben Irving, who was made aware of the incident around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, says the situation was out of their control. “We were presented with a situation and we dealt with it in the most professional manner that we could,” he says. “Accidents happen all the time, and that was something that we couldn’t have controlled. All we can do is create the safest space we can, and have all the services that we can to keep people safe. It’s still hard to control everybody and an incident like that, especially if they’ve left the festival.”
Mushroom Valley Festival issued the following statement in response to the young lady injured: ?
The organizers of Mushroom Valley and the entire festival community wish to express their sympathies for the young lady injured on Saturday night after leaving the festival. The safety of festival patrons is always our highest priority and all efforts are made to create a safe gathering space, and so it is a disappointment for us to have an incident like this occur.
The coordinated response to this incident from the festival’s paramedics, local ambulance and the RACQ rescue helicopter was highly professional with a helicopter arriving within an hour of the organizers becoming aware of the young lady’s injuries and we would like to thank everyone involved in the response.
On Sunday night, the closing ceremony was dedicated to the young lady, with festival organizers taking the time to inform attendees of what had occurred, and remind them of the importance of self-care, looking after your mates, the risks involved in drug use, and the importance of road safety.
The festival was otherwise a total success with approximately 1500 people enjoying 3 days of music, art and nature in a happy and safe environment and no other major incidents.
Billboard has reached out to the festival for further comment.