Falls Music and Arts Festival in Lorne, Victoria (Photo: Facebook/Falls Music and Arts Festival)
Victims of a stampede which injured around 80 people at a music festival have been describing their terrifying ordeal.
At least 19 people are in hospital after the incident at the Falls Festival in Lorne, a seaside town in Victoria, Australia.
They are said to have suffered broken legs as well as pelvic and spinal injuries.
But witnesses have said it is miraculous no one was killed and described victims being trapped under piles of bodies.
Visitors were leaving the main tent after a performance by British band London Grammar when a major crush occurred as they streamed down a hill on Friday night.
Falls Festival Lorne stampede incident
Sophie Baldock, 19, gave a harrowing account of what happened to Fairfax Media.
"We were on the ground and there was this flooding of people piling on top.
"We were stuck under there for at least five minutes.
"I couldn’t even see the sky, just covered in people," she said.
"Someone wet their pants because they were so scared and I was covered in someone else’s blood and urine.
"The girl next to me, she was screaming that she just wanted to live, I was trying to hold her hand and she went limp. I saw them trying to resuscitate her later as she was unconscious.
"I couldn’t breathe, I was hyperventilating, it felt like drowning. I thought I was going to die."
In a statement posted on the festival’s Facebook page, organisers said that no one had been "critically" injured.
It went on: "The safety and wellbeing of our patrons is of paramount concern to us.
"Whilst a very distressing situation, we are heartened and thankful for the amazing work of our medical teams and staff who responded with such care and support to those affected and continue to do so for the remaining duration of the festival. "
But several of those affected and parents, have criticised the festival’s response, accusing them of downplaying its seriousness.
Lucy Spry wrote: “It was extremely serious.
"So many of us thought we weren’t going to make it out of that. Not enough exits for such a large crowd!”
Bee Armstrong added: “My friend has to help another friend up three times and was beginning to get crushed by the crowd.
"She said as she was CRAWLING under the side of the tent to escape there were bodies lying down.”
Mum Jennifer Peers posted an image of her son’s leg injuries writing: "They have completely underplayed the terrible situation where kids were terribly hurt and unable to move after being trampled on.
"Our son witnessed young people with broken limbs, bruised and bleeding bodies and yet the Falls Festival claims it was a minor incident."
"It has been a very traumatic and stressful time for everyone and Falls needs to be accountable.
"Our son is now traumatised after being at the bottom of a pile of bodies, battered, bruised and unable to work."
The festival continues on Saturday, despite the concerns raised.
In response to one festivalgoer who asked about an extra exit being created, the organisers wrote: "A large section of the tent fencing has been removed to alleviate concerns and ensure patrons feel safe and can enjoy the space"