PARAMEDICS were called when two teenagers collapsed after consuming what was suspected to be fake vodka.
They were at the Todstock festival and it is believed the fake vodka had been bought from a shop in Halifax.
They fell unconscious within 20 minutes of consuming the liquid and the on-site medical and welfare staff were called to the scene immediately. An ambulance was called and paramedics treated the young people, one being taken to hospital.
The two teenagers and their friends had bought two different bottles of vodka from different shops and made sangria to bring to the event, it is believed. They were the only two who had drunk from one of the bottles and were seriously ill within minutes.
Todstock organiser Craig Baillie praised the medical and welfare staff called.
“Whilst this incident is extremely serious, I would like to praise the medical and welfare staff at Todstock who acted immediately to help these teenagers and their friends, who were also extremely upset by what had happened.
“We hope we managed things appropriately and our best wishes go out to the teenagers and their families and wish them a swift recovery.
“When holding a free event of this nature that is not fenced, it becomes impossible to stop all underage drinking, so one of the things we are looking at for any future event is the possibility of securing the park area and having a licenced bar with security that would check ID on entry,” he said.