EXCLUSIVE: Distraught dad of boy, 12, who died in jumping castle tragedy says his son had a ‘smile so big his eyes would light up’ – as he wonders how he’ll go on without him
- Zane Mellor, 12, tragically died in a jumping castle disaster in Tasmania
- Students at Devonport primary school fell after inflatable was lifted into the air
- All five victims were pictured for the first time on Friday afternoon
The distraught father of a young boy who tragically died when a jumping castle flew 10 metres in the air during a school celebration is ‘completely lost’ without his son.
Zane Mellor’s life was cut short on Thursday morning at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, northern Tasmania, when the bouncing house was picked up by a ‘mini-tornado’ and flew 10 metres in the air.
On Friday afternoon, police released the names of his classmates who also died in the disaster – Peter Dodt, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, all age 12, and Addison Stewart, 11.
Three more are fighting for life at Royal Hobart hospital, and one was released and will continue to recover at home.
Zane’s step-mum Denitta Ryder told Daily Mail Australia that the 12-year-old was ‘an incredible young man’ who loved fishing.
‘We are going to miss him so much, his cheeky smile, a smile so big his eyes would light up,’ she said.
‘To Zane’s dad Tim, his children are his whole world and he is completely lost without him.’