Teenager Dies After Taking Drugs at Music Festival In Australia
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a 19-year-old woman has died after taking drugs at yesterday’s (Nov. 8) Harbourlife Festival.
Georgina Bartter reportedly took a combination of “one-and-a-half” pills at the event and had an "adverse reaction"; she later died at St. Vincent's Hospital in Australia. The festival’s official Facebook page shared their condolences after the tragedy occurred. “Right now our thoughts are with her family -- we can hardly imagine the pain and heartbreak they must be feeling, and they have our deepest sympathy."
Read their full statement below:
A patron who attended Harbourlife yesterday died in hospital last night. A drug overdose or adverse reaction is suspected. At this stage a coroner's report has not been made so we don't have further factual information.
Right now our thoughts are with her family – we can hardly imagine the pain and heartbreak they must be feeling, and they have our deepest sympathy.
Harbourlife has been held annually since 2003. It has a fully equipped first aid tent with an emergency doctor, 2 paramedics, 3 first responder medics, 2 supervisors and a communications officer.
The patron collapsed at 4.37pm and event security called event fist aid. A paramedic was there at 4.38, a second at 4.41 and NSW ambulance paramedics were with the patient at 4.45. She was taken to St Vincent's Hospital.
Police have issued a warning reminding people of the dangers of illegal drugs: “There's little to no quality control in the production of illicit drugs. Quite simply, you don't know what you are getting - seeking a synthetic high, could result in a serious injury or death.”
Once aware of Bartter becoming ill, police searched the festival grounds and ended up arresting a reported 78 people for drug offenses.
Harbourlife is a one-day house and dance music festival; this year's lineup featured performances by Kygo, Dusky, Lee Foss, Miguel Campbell and more. According to the event’s website, the festival is “Sydney’s spectacular waterside party ... [and] one of Sydney’s most loved music events ... [with] the best soundtrack to kick off the summer season."