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Four children died, five injured after bouncy castle incident in Australia

11:51, 16 December 2021
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Four children have died in an incident connected with the fall from height after a bouncy castle had blown into the air in Australia.


The incident that happened in Devonport, Tasmania on Thursday was caused by a wind gust. Those four children died from falling from a height of nearly 10 meters (32 ft) while five others were injured, some of them critically, following the incident.

The local officials haven’t provided any data of their ages but said they were five or six graders, who typically aged between 10 and 12.

“A wind gust had reportedly caused the jumping castle and inflatable balls to lift into the air,” Tasmanian Police said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the incident as “unthinkably heartbreaking”.

“Young children on a fun day out… and it turns to such horrific tragedy. At this time of the year, it just breaks your heart,” the PM said.

The healthcare workers arrived swiftly at the scene at Hillcrest Primary School at 10:00 am local time. The injured children were provided with first aid before they were transferred to a nearby hospital on a helicopter.

The investigation regarding this case has been started. The names of those who would be responsible for the incident are not yet pronounced.

Devonport is located on the northern coast of Tasmania with a population of roughly 30,000 residents.