Cantaloupe collapse for VIPs

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Several people were injured when the stage at a 31st night party held at the Hilton Colombo collapsed. There had been several VIPs on the stage at the time it collapsed. Hilton Colombo in a statement last night confirmed that on 31 December 2013 at 11:58 p.m. several guests and team members were injured due to the collapse of a stage during the Cantaloupe New Year’s Eve Party. The injured were assisted by the doctors and emergency teams with ambulances we had on site, and transferred to Nawaloka Hospital. “The event organiser Cantaloupe Playground is responsible for the setup of the party in the hotel premise. We will cooperate with the local authorities in their investigation on this incident. We would like to offer our sincere regards to those affected by this unfortunate incident. The wellbeing, safety and security of our guests and team members are of paramount importance and we continue to make every effort to ensure that all practices and standards are in line with strict safety and security regulations,” Hilton Colombo statement added. Meanwhile Cantaloupe Playground, the organisers of the party, expressed regret over the accident and said that those affected by the accident would be compensated. “We immediately alerted the medical team and put in the evacuation plan to hospital and informed all staff to inform all injured parties to be taken to the evacuation point where the ambulances were parked. We brought in the stage contractors to assess the stage and how it collapsed so we could immediately check on the second platform as well,” the organisers said according to Colombo Gazette. “Thereafter all our directors along with the owner of the stage contracting company were at the evacuation point talking to each party that needed reassurance of compensation and making sure they were immediately taken to hospital.  We assure you that we will be in touch with every single person who had been on this platform. Once again we are extremely sorry that this accident took place,” the organisers added.