Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Barrier death Durham University student Olivia Burt sailed for Britain

Barrier death Durham University student Olivia Burt sailed for Britain

Other witnesses have described scenes of panic with some accusing revellers of "barging to get in" the club in Walkergate area of the city.

A spokeswoman said resuscitation attempts were made but "sadly the patient died at the scene".

Detective Superintendent Kevin Weir, from Durham Constabulary, said: 'This was a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Olivia during this incredibly sad time.

A 20-year-old female student at the University of Durham suffered a fatal head injury, when a metal barrier used for crowd control crashed on to club-goers lining up during a busy Wednesday night.

The nightclub has been contacted for comment.

Missoula advertises its Game Over event on Wednesday as Durham's biggest student night.

Eyewitnesses on a student night out said they saw her get "trapped under a fence" just before midnight.

"She had an outstanding academic record and was an exceptional sports woman".

He added: "Those students close to her have lost a wonderful friend, whom in their shock they grieve for, alongside her family and friends".

"We understand that some of our students may need to seek support and we advise that they contact their College Student Support Office in the first instance".

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"Olivia's passion for sailing always shone through and all those who knew her in the sailing community will miss her tremendously; she was both a likeable and fair competitor", he said.

He told student newspaper The Tab: "People were trying to reason with them, telling the bouncers it wasn't safe and someone was going to get hurt". She belonged to the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), and has been described by the RYA's Chris Atherton as "a popular and committed Junior Optimist squad sailor" with "drive, determination and good sportsmanship".

"Our thoughts are with the student's family and friends at this very hard time".

"There were about 600 people inside the club".

Eyewitness reports recount overcrowding and a sense of panic outside the venue.

The investigation into the circumstances of the death is still ongoing.

"Until that is concluded we are unable to comment further".

A large floral tribute was placed outside Missoula, formerly a Slug and Lettuce pub, which opened in September 2016 after a £385,000 investment.

"My thoughts go out to her family at this tragic time".

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