Categories: World News

Five Children Killed In Australia Bouncy Castle Tragedy

File photo of a giant bouncy castle on the beach in Houlgate, northwestern France. AFP

 

Five school children were killed and several others were seriously injured when a gust of wind blew their bouncy castle into the air at an end-of-term party in Australia Thursday.

Police said the pupils at a primary school in Devonport, northern Tasmania were celebrating the last week of class before the Christmas break when they were thrown from a height of about 10 meters (33 feet).

Earlier police confirmed two boys and two girls from grades five and six — typically aged about 10-12 years old — were killed in the incident, with a fifth student later dying in hospital.

Several rescue helicopters and ambulances rushed to the scene after the incident, which occurred around 10 am local time on an otherwise sunny, early summer day.

Images from the school showed attending police officers in tears, and a swathe of blue tarpaulin sheets shielding what officers described as “a very confronting and distressing scene”.

A police investigation is underway. Distraught witnesses, friends, family, teachers and first responders are being offered counselling.

‘Horrific tragedy’ 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the incident was “just shattering” and “unthinkably heartbreaking”.

“Young children on a fun day out, together with their families and it turns to such horrific tragedy, at this time of year, it just breaks your heart,” he said.

“I just want to say, to the parents and families and friends, all who were there, to the other young children there and witnessing these events, I just pray you’ll have great family around you and great friends and you can come through this horrific tragedy.”

The school had invited parents to volunteer for the event, which featured a wet play zone, a slide, an arts and crafts area, zorb balls and the bouncy castle.

“The purpose for the day is to celebrate a successful year and enjoy some fun activities with classmates,” the school, Hillcrest Primary, posted on its Facebook page.

That post was followed by the update: “There has been an accident on site at our school. We are closing the school for the rest of the day.”

“We ask that parents come to collect their children as a matter of urgency.”

The school has around 200 students

Local weather services had forecast “light winds” for the area, which sits on Tasmania’s rugged north coast, looking out across the frigid Bass Strait.

AFP

Ignatius Igwe

Disqus Comments Loading...
Share
Published by
Ignatius Igwe
Tags: accident Australia Bouncy castle

Recent Posts

  • Local

Ijaw National Congress Condemns Obasanjo Over Outburst, Demands Apology

  The INC (Ijaw National Congress) has condemned former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his recent outburst at an event in…

22 mins ago
  • Local

Banditry: Over 20 Persons Killed, Property Destroyed In Fresh Attacks On Kaduna Villages

  More than 20 people have been killed following fresh attacks by bandits in Kaduna State. The bandits are said…

45 mins ago
  • Africa

Thousands Rally In Sudan 3 Years After People Power Revolt Started

  Thousands of Sudanese protesters rallied Sunday to mark three years since the start of mass demonstrations that led to…

1 hour ago
  • Crime Watch

11 Notorious Kidnappers Arrested, Seven AK-47 Rifles Recovered In Taraba

  Operatives of the Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Team, working with the Taraba State Police Command, have arrested a total…

2 hours ago
  • Headlines

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Rise With 828 New Infections

  The latest statistics by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have revealed that the number of confirmed COVID-19…

3 hours ago
  • Sports

Covid-Hit Chelsea ‘Deeply Disappointed’ After Failing To Have Wolves Game Postponed

  Chelsea said they were "deeply disappointed" after the Premier League rejected their request to postpone Sunday's match against Wolves…

3 hours ago