Four children dead after wind lifts bouncy castle into air at Australia school

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Four Children Dead After Wind Lifts Bouncy Castle Into Air At Australia School Four Children Dead After Wind Lifts Bouncy Castle Into Air At Australia School
The incident caused the children to fall 10 metres (33 feet), authorities said on Thursday.
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Four children were killed and several more badly injured in Australia after strong winds lifted an inflated bouncy castle into the air during end-of-year school celebrations.

The incident caused the children to fall 10 metres (33 feet), authorities said on Thursday.

Two boys and two girls in their final year of primary school died from the accident in Devonport, in the island state of Tasmania, at about 10am (11pm Irish time) on Wednesday.

Five more children were in hospital including four in a critical condition, authorities said.

There was no immediate explanation for how the bouncy castle became airborne, and no other details were released of the children's identities except that the incident took place at Hillcrest Primary School. Students in the last year of primary school, Year 6, are typically aged 10 or 11.

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The accident would rank among Australia's deadliest involving an amusement ride, and brought on a wave of disbelief and mourning.

Images published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation showed police officers consoling each other as paramedics provided first aid to victims.

Parents arrived at the school gate to collect their children as helicopters took the injured to hospitals.

'Hearts are breaking'

"On a day when these children were meant to be celebrating their last day of primary school, instead we're all mourning their loss," Tasmania police commissioner Darren Hine told reporters.

"Our hearts are breaking for the families and the loved ones, schoolmates, teachers of these young people who were taken too soon."

Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein said "it is simply inconceivable that this shocking tragedy has occurred" and promised a thorough investigation.

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison described the incident as "shattering and heartbreaking".

"Young children on a fun day out, together with their families and it turns to such horrific tragedy at this time of year. It just breaks your heart," Mr Morrison told reporters.

Mr Hine, the police commissioner, said after an initial investigation the accident would be referred to a coroner for an inquest.

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