On Thursday, December 16, 2021, emergency services officials work the site of a fatal event involving a jumping castle at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania. After dropping from a bouncy castle that was hoisted 10 metres (33 feet) into the air by a burst of wind at a junior school in the island state of Tasmania on Thursday, many children died, and others are in serious condition.
After falling 32 feet (10 metres) from a bouncy castle carried into the air by wind during a school function in Australia, five children died, and four others were severely injured. When the catastrophe struck, students at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania’s north coast, rejoiced at the school year’s end.
Two girls and two boys are among the five children; the gender of the fifth child dying later in the hospital is unknown. Four more youngsters had significant injuries and are still in the hospital. Grade 6 students are typically between the ages of 10 and 12.
“On a day when these children were supposed to be enjoying their last day of primary school, instead we are all mourning their death,” stated Commissioner Darren Hine at a press conference on Thursday. “Our hearts hurt for the families and loved ones of those youngsters who were stolen from us far too soon,” he added.
Rescue services were deployed to the school, including helicopters, to treat the injured and transport them to the hospital. Parents were encouraged to pick up their children from Hillcrest Primary School before it finished for the day.
As per the school’s Facebook page, the bouncy castle was one of several goodies provided to pupils as part of the “Big Day In.” A Water Play Zone and Zorb Balls were among the other activities.