A terrible incident brought mourning to Australia this Thursday, December 16. During a school event celebrating their last day in primary school, five children died and four others were seriously injured after falling 10 meters from a bouncy castle blown by high winds.
“Nine grade 5 and 6 students at Hillcrest Elementary School fell from a height of approximately 10 meters after a major local wind event caused a bouncing castle and several inflatable balls to rise” zorb “around 10 am”, communicated the Tasmanian police force, taken over by CNN.
Four children, two boys and two girls aged 10 to 12, perished in the tragic accident which took place around 10 a.m. this Thursday in Devonport, Tasmania (Australia). A fifth student at Hillcrest Elementary School died of his injuries in hospital. Four other young people were hospitalized after being seriously injured by the violent fall of the bouncy castle.
A large emergency device was deployed, with the help of helicopters, to transfer the wounded to the hospital.
Messages of support are multiplying
“On a day when these children were supposed to celebrate their last day in elementary school, we all mourn their loss,” Commissioner Darren Hine said at a press conference on Thursday.
“I am sure I speak on behalf of all Tasmanians in expressing my deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of all affected by today’s tragedy. On a day when schoolchildren are celebrating the end of term so close to Christmas, it is simply inconceivable that this shocking incident has happened, ”responded Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein.
My heart is breaking for all those impacted by the tragedy at Hillcrest Primary School in Tasmania today.
My prayers are with the family and friends of the children who lost their lives, the injured, the first responders and all those who witnessed this deeply distressing event.
– Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) December 16, 2021
“My heart is broken for everyone affected by the Hillcrest Primary School tragedy in Tasmania today. My prayers are with the family and friends of the children who lost their lives, the injured, the first responders and all who witnessed this deeply moving event, ”Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison commented on Twitter.
Due to this tragedy, the primary school was exceptionally closed earlier this Thursday.