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Australian Bouncy Castle Tragedy Claims Sixth Victim

Australian Bouncy Castle Tragedy Claims Sixth Victim
Source: The New York Times

According to authorities, a sixth youngster died as a result of injuries sustained in a bouncy castle tragedy in Australia this week.

On Sunday, three days after the tragedy, Chace Harrison, 11, had his life support turned off at a Hobart hospital.

He was one of nine kids who were thrown 10 meters (32 feet) from an inflatable castle at a school fair in Devonport, Tasmania, after it was carried up by the wind.

In the hospital, two youngsters are still in serious condition.

Addison Stewart, 11, and Zane Mellor, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, and Peter Dodt, all 12 years old, were the other five children that died.

On Friday, one of the wounded boys was released from the hospital. On Sunday, he paid a visit to Hillcrest Primary School to pay respect to his classmates.

The exact circumstances of the tragedy are yet unknown. According to police, they are looking into whether the castle was anchored to the ground.

On Sunday, Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine stated, “We don’t want to hurry it, but we equally appreciate that the community needs answers.”

New South Wales police officers will go to Tasmania this week to assist with witness interviews as part of the inquiry.

The school fair, which took place on the last day of the semester, drew roughly 40 students, teachers, and other adults, according to police.

Commissioner Hine stated, “It is critical that we do not predict any conclusion until all information has been acquired and the inquiry has been completed.”

Devonport, a town of fewer than 30,000 people, has been rocked by the tragedy, as have Australians around the country.

Over $1.3 million (£700,000; $930,000) has been donated for the families through an online fundraising.