Five children have died in a tragic incident involving a bouncy castle on the Australian island of Tasmania. Four other children are in hospital with serious injuries.
The inflatable playground equipment was lifted into the air by the strong wind, after which children from a height of about 10 meters ended up on the ground.
The accident happened Thursday morning (local time) at an elementary school in Devonport, where the end of the school year was being celebrated. Images show how the remains of the bouncy castle hang in a tree, and rescuers are massively present at the primary school. Several rescue helicopters were deployed, and victims were transported to various hospitals.
Police say an investigation has been launched. It is not clear how the playground equipment got off the ground. According to Australia’s ABC News, police have not disclosed how the bouncy castle was anchored.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks of an “unthinkable heartbreaking” incident. The Prime Minister has expressed his support for the next of kin and all witnesses to the accident. All those involved are offered victim support.