The names of the five children tragically killed in a jumping castle accident in Tasmania have been released by police.
The children, aged between 11 and 12, lost their lives after the jumping castle they were on was lifted 10 metres into the air by strong winds at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport on Thursday.
With permission from their families, Tasmania Police have today released the names of the victims, who have been identified as Addison Stewart (11) Zane Mellor (12) Jye Sheehan (12) Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones (12) and Peter Dodt (12).
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“Our thoughts continue to be with the families, loved ones and all those affected by this tragedy,” Tasmania Police said.
“We ask media to be respectful of the families and those involved to allow them space to grieve and process this traumatic event.”
It’s been revealed there were close to 40 children in years five and six taking part in the end-of-term activities when the freak accident occurred.
Three children remain in a critical condition, while a fourth has since been discharged from hospital and is now recovering at home.
“An absolute tragedy is the only way to describe this event,” Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine said.
“There’s no doubt this incident will leave its mark, and I know people are sending their thoughts and prayers from right across the country, and even further afield.”
An investigation into the incident is now underway as a fundraising page for the victims’ families continues to grow.
“Police are continuing to investigate the matter alongside WorkSafe Tasmania, and we are preparing a report for the Coroner,” Commissioner Hine said.
“We will also be doing everything we can to support our community going forward.
“Cross-agency community recovery arrangements are in place, led by the Tasmania Police Western District Commander, and police are liaising closely with the families affected.
“We know Tasmanians will come together to support each other at this difficult time.
“Again, my heart goes out to all those affected, and my thoughts are with them.”