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Death toll for jumping castle disaster In Tasmania rises to six

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Death toll for jumping castle disaster In Tasmania rises to six

A sixth child has died after a jumping castle was blown 10 metres in the air by a freak gust of wind at an end-of-year celebration.

Tasmanian police commissioner Darren Hine confirmed that 11-year-old Chace Harrison died on Sunday afternoon – three days after the horrific accident.   

The tragedy unfolded on Thursday morning at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, northern Tasmania, when the bouncing house was picked up by a ‘mini-tornado’.

On Friday, police released the names of the five other Year 5 and 6 students who lost their lives in the disaster – Zane Mellor, Peter Dodt, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, all age 12, and Addison Stewart, 11.

Two children are in a critical condition at Royal Hobart Hospital, and 12-year-old Beau Medcraft was released on Friday to recover at home. 

Premier Peter Gutwein said Chace’s family are traumatised, but agreed to allow authorities to release his name. 

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