Tasmania, Australia- What was meant to be an exciting pre- Christmas vacation celebration for one group of children turned into a tragic disaster which left families and residents in a state of shock and mourning.
The incident occurred on Thursday in Hillcrest primary school in northern Tasmania when gusty winds caused a bounce castle to be blown into the air. At least 5 children between the ages of 10 and 11 died after falling from at least 33 feet. To add to the devastation- the accident was witnessed by some parents who were volunteering at the event.
Paramedics arrived quickly at Hillcrest Primary School after the accident at about 10:00 local time.
Of the 5 surviving children, 4 are in critical condition and the other is in serious condition.
“Our hearts are breaking for the families and the loved ones, schoolmates, teachers of these young people who were taken too soon.” Said Tasmanian Police Commissioner Darren Hine in a statement.
“On a day when these children were meant to be celebrating their last day of primary school, instead we’re all mourning their loss,” Hine said.
“Our hearts are breaking for the families and the loves ones, school mates, teachers of these young people who were taken too soon. Our thoughts are also with those emergency service personnel who attend to try and save these people’s lives.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also empathized and gave his thoughts on the matter. He referred to the accident as an “unthinkably heartbreaking.”
“Young children on a fun day out… and it turns to such horrific tragedy. At this time of the year, it just breaks your heart,” he said.
The school closed for the day after the incident.