Man gored to death by bull during Midsummer celebrations

Victim dies after suffering wounds to his abdomen during festivities in Extremadura town

An image of the goring shared on Twitter.
An image of the goring shared on Twitter.

A 43-year-old man from the Extremadura region died on Wednesday after being gored by a bull during local fiestas celebrating St John’s Eve, which coincides with the summer solstice.

The man, a resident of Moralejas (Cáceres), was fatally wounded during the traditional bullfight that takes place on June 24 in the town of Coria as part of the Sanjuanes de Coria, a celebration with National Tourist Interest designation.

The incident occurred when a bull was being informally fought by aficionados who had jumped into the ring

Several eyewitnesses told the EFE news agency that the incident occurred around 8.30pm, when a bull named Guapetón was being informally fought by aficionados who had jumped into the bullring.

According to a medical release issued by the ring’s infirmary, the victim suffered “an abdominal goring with a 30cm-long oblique path [resulting in] complete evisceration, and another 45cm-long goring with an upward path that broke his diaphragm and penetrated the rib cage.”

The man also received a third goring in the groin and sustained head injuries. By the time he reached the infirmary he was already “in traumatic shock and cardiac arrest.”

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