A horrific bouncy castle accident in Tasmania left 5 children dead and more injured. Heartbreakingly, now a sixth child has died.
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School children at Hillcrest Primary School were enjoying an end-of-year celebration when the tragic incident occurred.
A bouncy castle at the school event was lifted into the air by a gust of wind.
Since the devastating news broke, tributes have been pouring in…
Children on the bouncy castle are said to have fallen from 10m after it was lifted into the air by a gust of wind, police said in a statement.
“Nine grade 5/6 Hillcrest Primary School students fell from a height of around 10 meters after a significant local wind event caused a jumping castle and several inflatable “zorb” balls to lift into the air about 10 am,” police said, as per CNN.
Emergency services arrived at the scene where children were given medical treatment before being flown to hospital.
Sadly, 4 children were pronounced dead immediately. A 5th child later died in hospital.
The outlet reports that Tasmanian Police Commissioner Darren Hine said: “On a day where these children were meant to be celebrating their last day at primary school, instead we are all mourning their loss.”
“Our hearts are breaking for the families and the loved ones, schoolmates, teachers of these young people who were taken too soon.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help one of the grieving families.
The page has been set up by “friends of Georgie Gardam,” who tragically lost her son, Zane in the incident.
“Georgie is an amazing mom to her 3 boys, always putting their needs first,” the page reads.
“Zane was such a beautiful caring , gentle soul who had challenges growing up with his autism and adhd but that never set him back he kept achieving and Georgie is the most amazing mum, she never gave up and was by his side every step of the way encouraging, loving and fighting for him.”
The page added that the incident has “shook so many people and the community.”
The five victims were then identified by police.
In a post on Facebook, Tasmania Police on Friday confirmed that Addison Stewart, 11, Zane Mellor, 12, Jye Sheehan, 12, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, 12, and Peter Dodt, 12, all died in the incident.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the families, loved ones and all those affected by this tragedy”, the police added.
They also confirmed that a further three children remain in critical condition in hospital.
Sadly, a sixth child later died in hospital.
Tasmania police commissioner, Darren Hine, confirmed the tragic news, saying:
“It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm an 11-year-old boy passed away in hospital this afternoon.”
Rest in peace.
The boy, identified by news outlets, as 11-year-old, Chance Harrison, passed away earlier today.
Rest in peace.