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Five children die in Australia after falling from a bouncy castle that the wind lifted off the ground

Five children have died and four have been injured after a gust of wind raised a bouncy castle in a school on the island of Tasmania, in southeastern Australia, according to the police of the oceanic country. It is the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, a town of about 25,500 inhabitants. “These children were celebrating their last day of school, instead we are all mourning their loss,” Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine told the media. “A gust of wind caused the bouncy castle to fly off,” added Hine. The victims were between 10 and 12 years old, according to the public television network ABC.

The authorities have specified that three of the injured are in critical condition – before there were four, but one has died in hospital from injuries caused by the accident – while the other suffers serious injuries. According to the preliminary investigation, a strong gust of wind blew up the bouncy castle and the children fell to the ground from a height of about 10 meters.

Police have not confirmed what was used to anchor the castle to the ground and have avoided revealing the ages of the victims. The police commissioner has stressed that the investigation “will take some time” and has stressed that the main thing now “is to support those who have been tragically affected by what happened.” The accident took place at ten o'clock in the morning, while The Hillcrest Elementary School was holding an end-of-year party for its students.

After hearing the news, the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has sent his condolences to the families of the victims and has said that he was “devastated by this unimaginable tragedy”, in statements to the local media.

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