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Sixth Australian child died after bouncy castle tragedy in Devonport

16:08, 19 December 2021
Sixth Australian child died after bouncy castle tragedy in Devonport Photo: stux /pixabay.com

The incident which occurred on Thursday immediately took the lives of four kids while a fifth passed away later on the same day in the hospital.


Australian media reported on Sunday that Tasmanian police commissioner Darren Hine confirmed the death of the sixth child who jumped from a height of around 10 meters (32 ft) after their bouncy castle had been taken away by a wind gust. Eleven-year-old Chace Harrison has become the last victim declared after his life support was turned off.

"Our thoughts continue to be with his family and all other families and the loved ones of the children involved," Hine said during a press conference.

He added that the investigation was going on and unveiled that New South Wales Police would provide assistance with interviews. The probe is expected to last for "quite some time."

“There’s a lot of pieces of this investigation that need to be pulled together, so we don’t want to rush it, but we also understand that the community wants answers.”

There were a total of nine children in the jumping castle which became airborne, two of them remain in critical condition. The kids, aged 11-12, were having a party on the occasion of the end of the year at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania’s north.

The five kids have been earlier identified as Zane Mellor, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, Peter Dodt (all 12 y.o.), and 11-year-old Addison Stewart.

Australians from all over the country offer their condolences to the families of the deceased children and send cards, tributes, and other things to express sympathy. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, his wife Jenny Morrison, and their daughters Abbey and Lilly, very emotional, have laid flowers near the school building.

“In loving memory of these beautiful children who are no longer with us. Our hearts break for the families and the community left behind. Thinking of you all. With love and sympathy, Jen, Scott, Abbey, and Lilly.”