At least five children were killed and several others were seriously injured in the Australian town of Devonport on Thursday after a castle inflatable was thrown through the air by strong winds, causing them to dive more than 10 meters.
According to Sydney Morning Herald , four children – two boys and two girls – were declared dead on the spot, while a fifth child died in hospital. At least four other children are still hospitalized, most of them in critical condition. The incident took place on Thursday morning around 10 hours local time in Devonport, located in the northern part Western Tasmanian State. The victims were participating in the c End-of-year celebrations from their school when the tragedy occurred, but it is not known how the swollen castle ended up in the air. The Tasmanian Police did not disclose the ages and names of the victims, but all were likely between 10 and 12 years. The incident is being investigated by the Tasmanian Police and the regulatory body of State Occupational Safety, WorkSafe.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison qualified the tragedy of “heartbreaking and heartbreaking” and told reporters: “Young children who had a fun day with their families turn into a horrible tragedy this time of year. It breaks your heart. ”
Earlier this year, a similar incident in Mesa, Arizona left four people injured. At the time, the Mesa Fire Department said the bouncy castle was blown into the air by a strong gust of wind. The bouncy castle was thrown several meters into the air as children aged 5 to 10 years old played inside .
Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Siladitya Ray
Also read: At least five dead and 12 injured after a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin