Tragic death @ Burning Man event


Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, succumbed Sunday morning to injuries suffered after breaking through a safety perimeter Saturday night and running into a fire at the annual Burning Man event in northern Nevada.

Mr. Mitchell’s family has been advised of his death. Burning Man is working with local and federal law enforcement agencies, and an investigation is currently ongoing.

After being pulled from the fire by Black Rock City fire personnel, Mr. Mitchell was treated on scene, transported to the on-site medical facility, and airlifted to UC Davis Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center. He succumbed after arriving at the burn center.

The Burning Man organization canceled scheduled burns through noon Sunday but will proceed with the scheduled Temple burn at 8 p.m. Sunday night.

We’re aware this incident has affected not only those who responded immediately on the scene, but also those who witnessed it, and our Black Rock City community more broadly. We are working to make resources available to those affected.

James Corfield: Council sets up Royal Welsh safety group

 A group will be set up to improve the safety of people attending the Royal Welsh Show, following the death of James Corfield.
The 19-year-old’s body was recovered from the River Wye in Builth Wells, Powys, in July – five days after he went missing from the show.

On Friday, Powys council agreed to establish and co-ordinate a safety action group for the event.

It will look at issues like lighting, fencing, transport and medical centres.

Emergency services, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS), venue organisers, volunteers and council services met this week to review arrangements at the show following Mr Corfield’s death.

Council leader Rosemarie Harris said: “We are all desperately sorry for the family that this tragedy occurred and believe that, whilst many improvements have been made to the event and the safety of people attending over the years, we need to look at everything with fresh eyes.

“It is important that we use our combined experience and knowledge to improve the safety of people moving between the four main venues – the showground, young people’s village, Penmaenau and the town itself during the week.

“The greatest challenge will be issues in and around Builth Wells town centre and I want a radical look at how we look after visitors to the town at the important event.”

Missing posters were put up around Builth Wells following his disappearance

Steve Hughson, RWAS chief executive, said: “The RWAS will continue to take an active role in all efforts to ensure that all events associated with the Royal Welsh are carefully planned in a way that maximises safety.”

More than 600 people gathered to pay tribute to Mr Corfield at Montgomery cricket club, where he was a member, last Friday.