Jumping castle death toll hits FIVE with three more kids fighting for life after primary school graduation tragedy – as harrowing pictures show distraught cops consoling each other at the scene
- Distraught cops consoled each other on the grass after five children died
- Tragedy unfolded when jumping castle lifted into air at Tasmania primary school
- Several other children are in a critical condition, Tasmania Police confirmed
- 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
Five children are dead and four of their classmates are fighting for life after a wind gust blew a jumping castle 10 metres into the air in a freak accident at a primary school end-of-year celebration.
The tragedy unfolded at Hillcrest Primary School, near Devonport in north-west Tasmania, at about 10am on Thursday.
Distraught police officers were seen consoling each other at the scene of the tragedy, while desperate parents were seen at the gates trying to find out if their children were dead or alive.
‘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 said.
‘Our hearts are breaking for the families and the loved ones, schoolmates, teachers of these young people who were taken too soon.’