On Thursday, five children died and four others were critically injured after falling from a jumping castle In Tasmania, Australia that was hoisted 10 m in the air.
A fifth child has died, and four are in critical condition after a freak jumping castle accident at a Tasmanian primary school. The children fell from around 10 meters after the jumping castle they were playing in became dislodged and was blown into the air.
The inflatable castle was part of a celebration to mark the last day of school, which also included zorb balls, a slippery slide and a wet play zone.
‘A wind event caused a jumping castle to lift into the air,’ police said in a statement.
‘Several children fell from a height of about 10 meters about 10 am.’
The victims, which include another boy and girl, were Year 6 students. Four others are in hospital – three of them in critical condition and one is described as having ‘serious’ injuries.
‘On a day when these children were meant to be celebrating their last day of primary school, instead, we’re all mourning their loss,’ Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine said on Thursday afternoon.
‘Our hearts are breaking for the families and the loved ones, schoolmates, teachers of these young people who were taken too soon.’
Detectives are investigating how many children were in the jumping castle when the tragedy unfolded.
‘It’s an emotional day for everyone who is tragically impacted by today,’ Commissioner Hine said.
‘I’ve already seen pictures of police officers quite upset, as you’d expect. Any emergency services and teachers, everyone is affected in some way.’
A schoolboy who watched the horrific scene unfold revealed he was almost involved in the tragedy.
‘It was our turn next,’ he told The Mercury. ‘Grade five and six went first.’
Locals on Facebook said the wind was not that strong on Thursday and that a freak gust must have ripped the jumping castle from the pegs holding it to the ground.