2 dead in South Korea balcony collapse near swimming competition
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Members of the U.S. national water polo team were in a South Korean nightclub on Saturday when an internal balcony collapsed, killing two people and injuring 10 others.
Hundreds were at the nightclub in the southern South Korean city of Gwangju when the incident occurred next to the athletes’ village, according a local anti-disaster agency.
The dead are South Korean men, while the 10 injured include four foreigners — two Americans who were in Gwangju for the world swimming championships and two Uzbekistan exchange students, an agency official said.
He said the Americans were a man and a woman but refused to provide more details, citing privacy. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak to the media.
The status of the injured, including the two Americans, wasn’t immediately known. But South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported none of the injured are in critical condition.
“This is an awful tragedy,” said Christopher Ramsey, CEO of USA Water Polo. “Players from our men’s and women’s teams were celebrating the women’s world championship victory when the collapse occurred at a public club. Our hearts go out to the victims of the crash and their families.”
Ramsay said all U.S. water polo athletes were safe and accounted for.