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Boonstock sick list hits 80

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Boonstock music festival has been hit by tragedy after a woman died. (FILE PHOTO)

Boonstock music festival has been hit by tragedy after a woman died. (FILE PHOTO)

The weekend’s Boonstock Music Festival in Penticton saw 80 people end up being transferred to hospital, according to the Interior Health Authority.

The four-day music and arts festival saw 37 people alone admitted to hospital Sunday, and one festival attendee died of a suspected overdose earlier in the weekend.

The woman’s name has not been released, but RCMP said she was a 24-year-old from Leduc, Alta.

Grace Kucey of the Interior Health Authority said 26 were admitted Saturday and 17 on Friday.

“The majority of them are drug and alcohol related and dehydration as well,” Kucey said.

She said the numbers of how many people were actually admitted to the hospital for care were not immediately available, but the hospital had anticipated a surge in patients due to the festival and prepared for extra patients.

“They’ve been really incredible,” Kucey said. “They have been managing very well, so their patient flow has been going really well.”

Last month, one person died at a music festival in Pemberton and Penticton RCMP released a statement asking people to be careful at Boonstock.

“Police are asking all Boonstock attendees to refrain from ingesting unknown substances and to ensure that they remain hydrated in the hot, dry, dusty conditions of the event grounds,” it said.


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