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Crowd crush at Itaewon: “I tried to do CPR, but they were both dead.”

Crowd crush at Itaewon: “I tried to do CPR, but they were both dead.”

Crowd crush at Itaewon: "I tried to do CPR, but they were both dead."

Crowd crush at Itaewon: “I tried to do CPR, but they were both dead.”

Partygoers have reported being requested to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on victims in order to revive them, despite never having done so before.

Around 23:00 local time (14:00 GMT), Ana, a 24-year-old Spanish woman, and Melissa, a 19-year-old German woman, had been at a bar close to the scene of the crush and were attempting to leave when they noticed ambulances arriving and officers frantically directing people to make way for the dead and injured.

Because there were so many people, CPR had to be performed by ordinary people. Everyone then began to pitch in and offer assistance. Two of our friends who were trained in CPR ran to help because we had two of them, Ana told the BBC.

“They returned three minutes later, possibly longer, screaming and looked very traumatised. because they made five or six attempts to save them, but they all died at my friends’ hands.

“So I stepped outside and had to assist two girls. Despite the fact that I don’t know how to perform CPR, I was following the advice of others nearby.

“They were instructing me on how to hold my head and open my mouth, and other such things. Despite my efforts to assist, they were both already dead. I have to mention that the majority of the people they sent in to perform CPR were already not breathing, so they were helpless to do anything.

The main trauma was that there was nothing we could do.

After two years of Covid restrictions in South Korea, thousands of teenagers and adults in their 20s flocked upon Itaewon dressed as Halloween revellers, ecstatic to be allowed to party once more.

The calamity, however, was captured on film, and one witness compared it to a war movie as it unfolded in real life. More than 80 people were hurt, and over 150 people perished.

A freelance journalist named Raphael Rashid told the BBC that there were “The largest number of people I’ve ever seen was tens of thousands. There were so many people that we were being crushed on the sidewalk “.

The videos showed crowds that were so crowded that it was difficult for anybody to move, some people managing to escape to safety, helpless bystanders assisting paramedics in doing CPR on victims, and a long line of victims lying on the ground in body bags.

Apparently, when the crowd surged forward, those in the front fell over and were trampled by those behind, turning a steeply slope passageway into a death trap.

Rescuers are seen in some video clips posted on Twitter desperately yanking at people to free them from a tightly packed mob.

According to a female eyewitness quoted by the AFP news agency, “A short person like me could not even breathe.” She said that because she was near the alley’s edge, she had survived while “those in the midst suffered the worst.”

One police officer was “standing on top of their police cars furiously attempting to tell people to evacuate the area as soon as possible,” according to Raphael Rashid, and “no one really understood what was going on.”

Dr. Lee Beom-suk, a doctor on the scene, told a local station YTN that although he had attempted CPR on a few patients, “the number surged soon after, outnumbering first responders at the scene.” Many onlookers stopped to assist us with CPR.

“So many victims’ faces were pallid,” he remarked. I was unable to detect their breathing or pulse, and many of them had bloody noses.

21-year-old Park Jung-hoon told Reuters that the circumstance had “totally spiralled out of hand.”

Moon Ju-young, also 21, added that “it was very crowded and there were just too many people.”

Although I am aware of how hard the police and rescue personnel are working, I believe there was a lack of preparation.

Those young people who were referred to as the “Covid generation” could finally celebrate Halloween as their first holiday, said Lee Su-mi, 53, an Itaewon resident.

“At that point, nobody could have predicted that the festival would end in disaster.”

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