Security & Medics Allegedly Ignore Collapsed Punter At GTM

29 April 2016 | 3:30 pm | Neil Griffiths

This is getting worse.

Groovin The Moo has found itself in the middle of controversy yet again this week, as festival-goers have accused security and medical staff of failing to assist those who needed attention, as well as ignoring a girl who had collapsed at the Canberra leg of the festival. 

According to The Canberra Times, the girl was being assisted by friends who were struggling to carry her, while at least ten security guards and medics were "having a laugh and a banter", forcing a fellow punter to step in and assist carrying the girl to a medical tent.

"We were in shock that none of the medics or security guards were helping her – they just stood and watched," Jamie Guy said, a bystander who claims to have witnessed the alleged incident.

"Knowing that they are meant to help people and keep them safe, and seeing that, was like, 'Are you really carrying out your duty of care? Would you look after me if that was me'? I have never seen anything like that."

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Guy said that the medics only tended to the collapsed girl after she had reached the medical tent. 

Another reveler, Dayle Russell, alleges he witnessed another ugly incident in which a female attendee fell unconscious in the middle of a mosh pit and when she awoke, began to cry and scream for her friends. 

"Everyone was trampling on her, so my friends gathered around and made a circle to let security guards through," Russell said.

"They just stood and stared at her and then turned around and walked away."

After approaching one of the guards to ask for their help to assist the girl to a first aid tent, the guard allegedly told Russell it was not his problem. 

"She could not function, she needed help, and they just left," she said.

"Even if it's not their responsibility, everyone else around was too drunk to know she even needed help, and they didn't do anything about it."

Guy further alleges that he witnessed a security guard eject another attendee from the festival on a separate occasion, who appeared to be close to passing out. 

The alleged incidents come on the back of a 15-year-old girl being taken to hospital after a suspected drug overdose from the Maitland leg of the festival, while another punter claims she was urinated on at the Canberra event.

Organisers released a statement on Facebook this week defending their services. 

"We acknowledge several media reports with regards to the welfare of patrons and conduct of security and emergency service providers at both GTM Maitland and Canberra," the statement reads.

"Groovin the Moo believes all actions taken by service providers were delivered in the best interest of GTM patrons."

The Music has contacted GTM for further comment.