Fewer Dutch carnival casualties
In the south of the Netherlands it is Fat Tuesday, the last day of carnival. And this year, according to Dutch media, there have been fewer casualties than usual. That's in spite of one death when a man was run over after falling from a float, and one serious injury when a women fell from a balcony.
During the carnival festivities, revellers traditionally dress up to celebrate before the start of the fasting period leading up to Easter in the mainly Catholic south. The partying is usually accompanied by lavish amounts of alcohol.
But this year it was relatively quiet for the emergency services in the provinces of Gelderland, North Brabant and Limburg.
On the other hand, the academic hospital in Maastricht reported more patients than normal on Saturday night. A handful of people were brought in with alcohol poisoning, a number of people were treated for cuts and bruises following fights, and firemen had to cut one man free who had accidently landed on a pointed metal garden fence.
Other hospitals also reported a slight rise in minor injuries during the festivities at the weekend.http://cdn.radionetherlands.nl/data/files/carnaval_0.jpg
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