Five children were confirmed dead and four others were in critical condition after a horrific bouncy castle accident Thursday in Australia.
The children fell 33 feet from the castle after a gust of wind swept up the inflatable house. The castle was at a school function celebrating the end of the year in Australia’s island state of Tasmania.
Two boys and two girls 10 to 11 years old were killed, Police Commissioner Darren Hine said. Police confirmed that a fifth child died later Thursday in the hospital.
Five other children were being treated, including four in critical condition. Hine said an investigation is underway. Images published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation showed police officers consoling one another as paramedics tended to the children.
Tasmania state Premier Peter Gutwein called the incident “simply inconceivable. … I know this is a strong and caring community that will stand together and support one another.”
Tasmania police commander Debbie Williams told reporters “several children fell from the jumping castle. It appears they may have fallen from a height of approximately 10 meters.”
“This is a very tragic event and our thoughts are with the families and the wider school community and also our first responders,” Williams said.
This isn’t the first tragedy in a jumping castle or bounce house. In May, four children were injured after a bouncy house was lifted by strong winds in Arizona. In 2016, a 7-year-old in England died after a bouncy castle was blown away. And in 2015, a girl in China died after falling from a bouncy castle that was lifted by a strong gust of wind.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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