Friday 24 February 2017

French tourist 'gored to death' in Spanish bull festival

David Kearns

At least four tourists have been 'seriously hurt' during this year's famous San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain (AP)
At least four tourists have been 'seriously hurt' during this year's famous San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain (AP)

A French tourist has been killed after being gored during a bullfighting festival in Spain.

The 44-year-old was killed instantly at around 1am on Tuesday morning in the town of Pedreguer, near Alicante.

The man had been in the town with a group of friends to watch the bull festival, which has been cancelled “as a sign of mourning for the death of the visitor”, when he was charged and gored by a bull.

"Doctors could do nothing to save him and pronounced him dead at the scene," said local officials.

The town’s municipal government has expressed its “support and condolences” to the family and friends of the man, and reminded visitors to behave “responsibly and according to security regulations”.

In the Pedreguer 'Bous al carrer' or 'Bulls in the street' festival the animals are released into the village streets.

Many Spanish towns hold festivals involving bulls during the summer months, the most famous of which is San Fermin in Pamplona, northern Spain, which ends on Tuesday.

During the first bull-run in the Spanish city, two Americans and a British man were gored.

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