Five underage victims of castle jump accident in Devonport identified

10:09, 17 December 2021
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Police have called the names of five victims who died in a jumping castle accident in Tasmania on Thursday as the community mourns the death of underage students.

Zane Mellor, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, Peter Dodt at their 12 ages, and 11-year-old Addison Stewart fell victims in the Devonport tragedy. 

Around 40 students participated in activities at Hillcrest Primary School when the accident happened.

Nine children suffered from the accident when 5 tragically died, three remain at the Royal Hobart Hospital and one student was discharged for further recovery at home.

Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine said that “the majority of those injured were in a jumping castle,” when it was brought up in the air due to gust winds.

Earlier the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his condolence to all the families involved in the horrific accident.

“I want to extend on behalf of the government and Jenny and I, our deepest sympathies to all families and all the community in Devonport for this horrific tragedy, that’s occurred with the loss of five precious lives, and more that hang in the balance,” the Prime Minister said.

Earlier it was said that four children have died in the accident, but later the heart of the fifth victim stopped beating thus raising the number to 5.