The devastated father of a schoolboy who tragically died when a ‘mini-tornado’ lifted a jumping castle 10 metres into the air has remembered him as a ‘mischievous’ boy who dreamed of becoming an astronaut.
Peter Dodt was celebrating his last day at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, northern Tasmania, on Thursday morning when a freak gust of wind lifted the bouncing house off the ground, along with nine children who were playing inside.
The 12-year-old was killed in the disaster, along with four of his classmates – including Addison Stewart and Zane Gardam.
Three more are fighting for life at Royal Hobart hospital, and one was released and will continue to recover at home.
Peter’s aunt Tamara Scott broke down on Friday morning when telling Daily Mail Australia that the boy’s father Andrew Dodt was ‘beyond shattered’.
‘He went to the school this morning to collect his school bag – he felt he had to do that, and he just cuddled it and cried,’ Ms Scott said.