- Police said the children had fallen from a height of about 10m…
EKO HOT BLOG reports that two children have died and others are critically injured after falling from a bouncy castle that was blown into the air in Australia, police say.
The accident – caused by a wind gust – happened on Thursday at a primary school fun day in Devonport, Tasmania.
Police said the children had fallen from a height of about 10m (32ft).
Authorities have not given ages for their children or said how many fell, but confirmed “a number of others” had been critically hurt.
Tasmania Police Commander Debbie Williams described the scene as “very confronting and distressing”.
“It appears a wind gust caused the castle to lift into the air,” she told reporters outside Hillcrest Primary School.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the accident as “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.
Paramedics arrived quickly at the scene after the accident at about 10.00 local time (23:00 Wednesday GMT).
The children were given first aid before being flown in helicopters to hospital.
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