Death toll continues to rise after horror jumping castle accident

LATEST @ 6.00 AM by Monique StClair | Another primary school student in Tasmania has tragically passed away as a result of the horror jumping castle incident.

Five children from the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport have now died after a jumping castle and various other inflatable zorb balls were lifted around 10 metres in the air.

It’s understood a ‘significant local wind event’ caused the freak accident, as children were celebrating their final day at primary school.


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A number of other students remain in either critical or serious conditions in hospital.

It comes as a fundraising page takes off with support for the families of the children.

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has told The Today Show this morning that her community is just broken.

“It’s really – it’s just god awful. I don’t even want to pick up the phone because I know it’s going to be someone that we know.

“And we still don’t know how the other four children are going that are still in hospital.

“Is there going to be anymore? It’s just horrific. All before Christmas time.

“You just think of those kids having those Christmas presents under the tree.

“It’s just bloody awful,” Senator Lambie said.

UPDATE @ 4.00 PM by Shanee Dobeson | The death toll from a horror jumping castle accident at a primary school in Tasmania has now risen to four.

Police have confirmed two girls and two boys from Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport have died after a “significant local wind event” caused a jumping castle and several inflatable zorb balls to lift around 10 metres into the air.

Five other students, all in grades five and six, are in critical and serious conditions in hospital.

Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine said it’s a terribly tragic incident, that is going to impact many people for a very long time.

“On a day where these children were meant to be celebrating their last day at primary school, instead we are all mourning their loss,” Commissioner Hine said.

“Our hearts are breaking for the families and loved ones, school mates and teachers of those children taken too soon.

“Our thoughts are with the staff of Hillcrest Primary School and wider school community as well as those emergency services who attended the scene as first responders.

“We will be doing everything we can to support the community, and each other, through this tragedy.”

Commissioner Hine said support and counseling is being offered to everyone involved, including first responders.

“Our focus right now is on supporting our community, and all those affected,” he said.

“The loss of any child impacts significantly on our community and this tragedy is understandably distressing for us all.

“This incident will impact all of us in different ways so it’s important that we all look after each other at this difficult time.”

Investigations into the freak accident are underway, with involvement from WorkSafe Tasmania.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

LATEST @ 11.30 AM | One child has died and several others are critical after a jumping castle was blown into the air during end-of-school celebrations in Tasmania.

Police confirmed the tragic news in a statement a short time ago.

“Police and emergency services remain on the scene of a serious incident at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport,” police said.

“Several children fell from a height of about 10 metres around 10am and are currently receiving medical treatment at the scene as well as in hospitals.

“Sadly, one child has died and a number of others are critical”.

Several rescue helicopters are currently responding to the incident to airlift the injured children to hospital.

“Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those involved,” police said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also commented on the tragedy, describing it as “unthinkably heartbreaking”.

“It’s just shattering… Young children on a fun day out together with their families and it turns to such a horrific tragedy, at this time of year, it just breaks your heart.”

EARLIER @ 10.30 AM | A rescue helicopter has been tasked to a Tasmanian primary school after several children were seriously injured when a jumping castle was blown into the air during end-of-school celebrations.

Emergency crews were alerted to the horror accident at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport on Thursday morning.

“Police and emergency services are responding to a serious incident at Hillcrest Primary School, after a wind event caused a jumping castle to lift into the air,” Tasmania Police said.

“Several children fell from a height of about ten metres around 10am and are currently receiving medical treatment at the scene.”

Police confirmed some of the children have suffered serious injuries.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is on its way to the scene.

People have been asked to avoid the area to allow emergency services to respond.

“Our thoughts are with the people involved and with the responding emergency service personnel,” police said in a statement.