This article was updated at 2021-12-16 12:20.
At least five children died and four others were critically injured on Dec. 16 after a bouncy castle was blown into the air in the Australian island state of Tasmania.
Tasmania Police said a wind gust lifted the bouncy castle into the air and several children fell from a height of about 10 meters at 10 a.m. local time at the Hillcrest Primary School in the city of Devonport.
Police confirmed that two children died but did not specify how many children were injured. They later reported that two boys and two girls from grades five and six were killed while another died in a hospital.
Tasmania Premier Peter Gutwein said that authorities will provide further information as the day progresses.
Several helicopters responded to the incident to transport the injured children to hospitals, the police said.
“There is no doubt this has been a very confronting and distressing scene,” Police Commander Debbie Williams said.
The bouncy castle was part of a “Big Day In” celebration at the school to mark the end of the year.
The school announced that it was closing for the rest of the day and urged parents to collect their children.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the incident as “unthinkably heartbreaking.”
“Just a terrible tragedy. Unthinkable, horrific accident, a freak accident, that will leave families completely devastated,” Morrison said.
Morrison added that he was speaking with Gutwein and will remain in close contact with Tasmanian authorities.
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