Horror as group of children are seriously injured after falling TEN metres from a jumping castle blown into the air during freak wind event at a primary school
- Several children injured at Tasmania primary school in jumping castle accident
- Students at Devonport primary school fell after inflatable was lifted into the air
- Two rescue helicopters and multiple ambulances have been sent to the scene
Several children have been injured at a primary school in Tasmania after falling from a jumping castle that was thrown into the air.
Police said students fell about 10m from the jumping castle after a wind gust lifted it into the air at Hillcrest Primary School, near Devonport about 10am on Thursday.
Two rescue helicopters and multiple ambulances have been sent to the scene.
The inflatable castle was part of a celebration to mark the last day of school in Tasmania, which also included zorb balls, a slippery slide and a wet play zone.
‘A wind event caused a jumping castle to lift into the air,’ Tasmania Police said in a statement.
Paramedics are pictured at Hillcrest Primary School, near Devonport in Tasmania after as many as 10 children were injured when they fell from a jumping castle lifted into the air by the wind
The primary school said in a statement there had been an accident and the site would be closed for the rest of the day
‘Several children fell from a height of about 10 metres about 10am and are receiving medical treatment at the scene.
‘Some serious injuries have occurred.’
Several police units have also been sent to the scene.
Residents have been told to avoid the area.
The primary school said in a statement there had been an accident and the site would be closed for the rest of the day.
‘We ask that parents come to collect their children as a matter of urgency,’ the statement read.
Premier Peter Gutwein addressed the incident at a Covid press conference on Thursday. He said it was understood ‘there are serious injuries involved’.
The school is in Devonport in northern Tasmania (pictured). Hillcrest Primary School had posted online before the accident advertising its ‘Big Day In’ celebration to parents
Hillcrest Primary School pictured. ‘Several children fell from a height of about 10 metres about 10am,’ a Tasmania Police spokesman said
Ambulance Tasmania said in a statement that it was responding to a ‘major incident’
Ambulance Tasmania said it was responding to a ‘major incident’ and urged motorists in the state’s north-west to give way to emergency vehicles.
The school had posted online before the accident advertising its ‘Big Day In’ celebration to parents.
‘Students will have the opportunity to rotate through a range of activities with their cohort,’ the school wrote.
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