Spaniard gored to death in Pamplona bull run

Spaniard gored to death in Pamplona bull run

13th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Witnesses tried in vain to pull the tail of the bull to get it away from the injured Spanish man who was tossed into the air by the animal.

Pamplona – A bull gored a man to death during the world famous Pamplona run on Friday, piercing his neck, heart and lungs with its horns in front of thousands of tourists.

Witnesses pulled on the tail of the bull in a bid to get it away from the Spanish man who was thrown into the air by the animal, television footage showed.

He could be seen curled up, but motionless on the ground.

Other runners jumped over wooden barriers along the edge of the cobbled streets where the San Fermin festival has been held since 1911.

The dead man was named by organisers as Daniel Jimeno Romero, 27, from the town of Alcalade Henares near Madrid.

Romero was the 15th person to die in the annual run, but the first to be gored since 1995 when a 22-year-old American was killed.

The last fatality before Romero was a Spanish bullfighter who died after a fall in 2003. He was in a coma for several weeks.

Romero was mortally wounded on the fourth release of bulls on Friday morning. Hundreds of runners took part in the traditional race, which has long been condemned by animal defence activists.

The bull that gored Romero, named Capuchino, had become separated from the rest of the group chasing through the streets.

"The wounds were mortally grave. We couldn't do anything to save his life," Esther Vila, a surgeon at the Navarra hospital where Romero was taken, told a news conference.

Rumours had initially spread that the dead man was British, as foreigners were among others injured on the day.

A British man aged 20, an Argentine of 24, and a 27-year-old Spaniard were also gored less seriously during the bull runs on Friday. All were said to be in satisfactory condition.
Participants running ahead of Jandilla fighting bulls
on the fourth bull run of the San Fermin festival.

Nine other people were injured in falls, organisers said. They include a 61-year-old American man who was in serious condition with head injuries in hospital, said a spokeswoman.

A 63-year-old American man suffered a fractured elbow in a fall while trying to avoid the bulls, the spokeswoman added.

An Australian, an American, a Scottish man and a Swiss national were injured in other runs this week.

The festival, in which about a dozen bulls are released each morning to run from their corral over an 825-metre (900-yard) course to the bullring, causes injuries every year as tourists, dressed in white with a red neckerchief, sprint in front of the animals.

In the afternoon, the same bulls face matadors in the bullring. On Thursday night, a torero known as El Cid was hit twice by a bull's horn, once in the left leg and once in the scrotum.

A man is gored by a bull on Friday in Pamplona,
during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival.

Pamplona authorities have stepped up precautions in recent years to stop people who have drunk too much alcohol taking part.

The festival is a symbol of Spanish culture, despite the controversy it now causes. It was made famous by Hemingway's 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises. Hemingway went to the bull runs for several years in the 1920s as a reporter.

The festival is held each year from 6 - 14 July.

13 July 2009

AFP / Expatica

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