A day meant for celebration ends in tragedy for Hillcrest Primary School children in Tasmania who lost their lives, when others suffered several severe injuries from a jumping castle that blew them 30 feet away from where the fun site was.
Parents and children were left devastated, along with teachers who found this incident unbelievable and unthinkable. The school was celebrating the last day of school with fun, music and food, with no doubt of the day ending in tragedy. Four children died on scene while the fifth succumbed to injuries at the hospital.
Children were enjoying the bouncy castle when a gust of wind came and blew the castle away along with Zorb balls. The police that responded to the call on scene, were witnessed consoling each other due to the gruesome scene they found, parents broke down in tears and heartache when collecting the children, being welcomed by helicopters that flew the injured to a hospital and paramedics fighting to save lives.
The victims of this tragedy are believed to have been between the ages of 10 and 11 years, Tasmania Police Commissioner 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.”
The Australian Prime Minister also shared a few words of condolences, describing the scenario as “just shattering” and “unthinkably heart breaking.” He says it is very sad that on a fun day kids along with their parents had to bypass such a horrific tragedy at this time of the year breaking many hearts.
Tasmania state prime Peter Gutwein, has also named and regarded the tragic even as “simply inconceivable” and knows with no doubt that the community will stand together in being strong and caring for each other at such a time. More news of condolences is flocking in on the school’s page, words of comfort to everyone affected and especially those who saw everything first hand.