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Hotel roof collapses during wedding rehearsal in Cuba

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The lobby ceiling of the Cuban hotel Sol Rio De Luna y Mares collapsed on Feb. 2 during a wedding ceremony rehearsal, burying in the debris a British couple and their 24 guests, many of which were seriously injured. John and Sarah Wenham were saving for years and had planned the $30,000 wedding of their dreams in Cuba, but the roof collapse turned their special day into a nightmare. Nothing has been reported up to now regarding the cause of the devastation.

The bride suffered head and eye injuries, of which a wound on her face required 10 stitches, whereas the bridegroom has two fractured ribs, an injured spleen and severe bruising. Serious injuries were also inflicted to other guests, including blows and wounds to their heads and spines, and broken bones. One of the guests had to have 19 stitches on her scalp!

“We were just about to meet with the hotel staff to go over our wedding plans in the lobby, when John pointed to the ceiling as it started to move,” the 35-year-old bride told the newspaper. “There was a loud bang and suddenly the roof collapsed right over us, leaving us trapped. The debris pinned us to the floor. It was so heavy that I couldn't move under it, and I was terrified because I couldn't get to my daughters who I could hear screaming from somewhere beneath the debris”, she added.

The wedding ceremony did actually take place the next day at a different venue, even though no one was really in the mood for celebrations. 


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The reception desk of the luxurious Sol Rio De Luna y Mares Hotel in Cuba 

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This would be the area where the wedding ceremony should take place 


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Source: Daily Mail


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