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Partygoers tried to save CPR victims in Seoul, but they were already dead

Revelers partying in Itaewon, where at least 151 people were killed on Saturday during the Halloween mob, were asked to help resuscitate the victims of the stampede – some of whom were already dead by the time they received help.

Officials in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday said 19 of the victims were foreigners, including an American. The ages and identities of the victims have not been released.

A partygoer, 24-year-old Ana who came to visit from Spain, told the UKTN that she and her friend Melissa, 19, from Germany, had been in a bar next to where the crush took place and tried to leave when ambulances arrived. .

Neither knew how to resuscitate, but soon began following the instructions of others on the scene.

“They told me how to hold their heads and open their mouths and things like that. I tried to help, but they were both dead too. I have to say that all the people they brought in to do CPR, most of them weren’t breathing already, so there was nothing they could do,” Ana said.

19 of the victims were foreigners, including an American.
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People comfort each other after the deadly stampede.
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Flowers are laid on the site of a Halloween stampede.
Flowers are laid on the site of the Halloween stampede.
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There were so many people who needed help that everyone lent a hand, according to Ana, who said it was extremely traumatic because they couldn’t do much to help.

“There were so many people that they needed normal people to perform CPR. So everyone started jumping in and helping. We had two friends who knew how to resuscitate and they went to help,” Ana said.

“Three minutes later or maybe more, they came back, so traumatized and crying. Because they tried to save five or six people and they all died at the hands of my friends.”

Rescue workers, police officers and civilians are trying to rescue people on the spot.
Rescue workers, police officers and civilians are trying to rescue people at the site of the stampede.
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A street in the Itaewon neighborhood is depicted full of people before a stampede.
A street in the Itaewon neighborhood is depicted full of people before a stampede.
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She added: “We couldn’t do anything, that was the main trauma.”

Thousands of youths, teens and adults in their 20s and 30s attended Halloween celebrations in Itaewon this weekend, after two years of COVID restrictions in South Korea were finally lifted.

Videos posted online showed people in costumes being pushed through the narrow streets. Some seemed to climb walls on either side in an attempt to escape the horrific crush.

This is a story in development.

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