…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
On the opening day of “Wales’ biggest festival,” tragedy struck as a 16-year-old boy lost his life following a medical episode.
The incident occurred at the In It Together festival, held at Old Park Farm in Margam, Neath Port Talbot, on Friday, May 26.
Medical Episode and Unfortunate Outcome:
Upon receiving the distress call, the police promptly arrived at the festival grounds, but regrettably, the young boy passed away while en route to the hospital.
The teenager’s sudden demise cast a somber shadow over the event, which was only in its second year.
Notably, renowned artists such as The Kooks, Jake Bugg, and James Bay graced the stage on the opening day.
Saturday’s lineup was scheduled to feature Anne-Marie as the headliner, while James and UB40 were set to conclude the festival on Sunday.
Statement from South Wales Police:
In an official statement released on Saturday, a spokesperson from the South Wales Police acknowledged the incident.
The police confirmed that they were called to the In It Together festival at Margam, following a medical episode experienced by the 16-year-old boy from Port Talbot.
Tragically, the boy’s life could not be saved, despite efforts made during transportation to the hospital via ambulance.
The police expressed their condolences and extended sympathy to the grieving family during this difficult time.
Emergency Response and Lack of Suspicious Circumstances:
The festival had arrangements with a private ambulance service, and it was confirmed that the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust did not attend the scene.
The police further stated that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the teenager’s untimely death.
As per protocol, the coroner has been notified, and investigations into the incident will be conducted.
The festival organizers have been contacted for their input, and their response is awaited.
The In It Together festival, touted as Wales’ biggest festival, experienced a tragic turn of events as a teenager’s life was cut short by a medical episode.
The festival, which had attracted renowned musicians, has been overshadowed by the untimely death.
The authorities have assured the public that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident, and investigations are underway.
The thoughts and condolences of the community go out to the bereaved family in this challenging time.