Two people have died, two remain in a critical condition, and 700 other Defqon.1 attendees have sought treatment from medics this year.
A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman collapsed during the hard-style festival at approximately 9pm. Both later died in Nepean Hospital.
A 26-year-old is still in critical condition at Nepean Hospital, and a 19-year-old man who was airlifted to Sydney’s Westmead Hospital is in intensive care.
13 others have been hospitalised.
As usual, the NSW Police Force had a strong presence at the event, with officers conducting 335 searches that led to 69 people caught with drugs on them and ten charged with supply offences.
Some of the people charged with supplying included:
- A 22-year-old Bankstown man allegedly found with 20 packets of GHB
- A 33-year-old man from Mt Pritchard allegedly found with MDMA and;
- Two 17-year-old girls who were allegedly caught carrying 120 capsules in their fannies.
Since the festival started in 2009, police have employed sniffer dogs, used portable strip search tents, and dispatched dozens of uniformed and undercover officers throughout the festival in a bid to reduce dangerous drug use.
These efforts have all failed.
In 2015, Nigel Pauljevic was found passed out in his tent and later died.
Including this year’s tragic deaths (so far), Defqon’s death toll now stands at three.
There are reports of particularly dusty conditions also contributing to the high number of medic requests at this year’s event.