80 people hospitalized, one death at Boonstock Music Festival

A crowd of music fans gather at the Okanagan Stage at the Boonstock Music Festival in Penticton,...

A crowd of music fans gather at the Okanagan Stage at the Boonstock Music Festival in Penticton, B.C. on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (JOSH SKURNIK/QMI Agency)

Jeremy Nuttall, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

VANCOUVER – Eighty people were hospitalized and one person died during the Boonstock Music Festival in Penticton, B.C., on the weekend, according to the Interior Health Authority.

The four-day music and arts festival saw 37 people alone admitted to hospital Sunday, and one festival-goer died of a suspected overdose earlier in the weekend.

The woman's name has not been released, but RCMP said she was a 24-year-old from Leduc, Alta.

Grace Kucey of the Interior Health Authority said 26 people were admitted Saturday and 17 on Friday.

"The majority of them are drug and alcohol related and dehydration as well," Kucey said.

She said the numbers of how many people were actually admitted to the hospital for care were not immediately available, but the hospital had anticipated and prepared for a surge in patients due to the festival and.

"They've been really incredible," Kucey said. "They have been managing very well, so their patient flow has been going really well."

Last month, one person died at a music festival in Pemberton, B.C., and Penticton RCMP released a statement asking people to be careful at Boonstock.

"Police are asking all Boonstock attendees to refrain from ingesting unknown substances and to ensure that they remain hydrated in the hot, dry, dusty conditions of the event grounds," it said.


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