Forty people dancing in the early hours of Sunday morning in Butterfly Nightclub in the Salytien Commercial Centre in Playa de Las Americas in Tenerife experienced a shocking end to their Saturday night enjoyment. At around 2.30 during Sunday morning part of the floor of this nightclub sank into the basement below, and took with it 40 people who were dancing at the time.
Two of the injured suffered serious injuries, and others were reported to have fractures of the leg and ankle. The 112 Emergency Services responded very quickly to provide first aid treatment for 22 victims, and to arrange for those with more serious injuries to be taken to local hospitals for treatment. The emergency services reported that the injured included those of different ages and nationalities, and injuries included fractures of the femur, fractures of the ankle, back pain, trauma and mild and moderate contusions. Although emergency services dealt with 22 victims of this disaster, 18 made their own way to local hospitals.
Two victims are reported to have serious femur fracture injuries, six suffered broken bones and other moderate types of injuries and 14 had minor injuries. These party revellers fell from a height equivalent to one floor from the disco to the basement after a four square metre section of the dance floor sank downwards.
The emergency services included firefighters and ambulance services with medical staff, and they remained at the scene of this terrible accident until 6.00 on Sunday morning. The municipality of Adeje is responsible for this area, and has asked firefighters and local engineers to prop up this collapsed flooring to avoid any further damage to the building.
The Butterfly Disco Pub is in a commercial centre in Playa de Las Americas, is a clubbing hotspot in the south of the island, and is very popular with tourists, who included this weekend tourists from Spain, France, the UK, Belgium and Romania.
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