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The wind lifted the bouncy castle, and four children did not escape falling from a height of 10 meters

The wind lifted the bouncy castle, and four children did not escape falling from a height of 10 meters

16. 12. 2021 08:02 | DEVONPORT / tvnoviny.sk, tasr

The accident occurred in Tasmania.

Police on site after an accident at an inflatable castle.
Photo: Grant Wells/AAP Image via AP

Five children were killed and several seriously injured after the bouncy castle fell. The accident occurred on the Australian island of Tasmania in the city of Devonport at a primary school during the end of the year celebration that took place last school week before the Christmas holidays.

Four children died on the spot, and a fifth after being taken to hospital. The victims are about 11-year-olds who went to sixth grade. Police said the children fell from a height of up to ten meters in the castle accident.

Police Commissioner Darren Hayne said police officers were called to the school after a gust of wind caused the castle and rubber balls to be lifted by strong winds into the air, the portal wrote.
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The kids were supposed to have a fun day out with their families – and it became a huge tragedy, and this time of year! “It breaks your heart,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “My prayers are with the families and friends of the children who lost their lives and the injured, and everyone who witnessed this terrible event.”

Police on site after an accident at an inflatable castle.

Police on site after an accident at an inflatable castle. Photo: Grant Wells/AAP Image via AP

It is still unclear how many children were playing in the bouncy castle when the wind carried it away. According to Hein, four children have died, four others are in critical condition, and one is in serious condition.

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The school said the aim of the celebration was to entertain the children at the end of the year. Later, after the accident, they closed the school and asked their parents to come for the children.

According to AFP, the weather forecast predicted only “light winds” Thursday in the area where the accident occurred. However, the police are currently investigating the incident.