Investigation ongoing into primary school incident in Devonport
The investigation into a tragic incident at a primary school in Devonport yesterday is continuing.
Five children have died, and another three remain in hospital after a significant local wind event reportedly caused a jumping castle and several inflatable “zorb” balls to lift into the air yesterday morning.
Police understand there were close to 40 year 5/6 students taking part in the end of term activities when the incident occurred.
Nine children were seriously injured; tragically five of those children have died – three boys and two girls. One girl was 11 years old; the other four children were 12 years old.
Three remain in a critical condition, one is now recovering at home.
“An absolute tragedy is the only way to describe this event,” said Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine.
“There’s no doubt this incident will leave its mark, and I know people are sending their thoughts and prayers from right across the country, and even further afield.”
“Police are continuing to investigate the matter alongside WorkSafe Tasmania, and we are preparing a report for the Coroner.”
“We will also be doing everything we can to support our community going forward.”
“Cross-agency community recovery arrangements are in place, led by the Tasmania Police Western District Commander, and police are liaising closely with the families affected.”
“We know Tasmanians will come together to support each other at this difficult time.”
“Again, my heart goes out to all those affected, and my thoughts are with them.”
For anyone in need of assistance, there is a range of 24-hour support services available:
- Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
- Mental Health Services Helpline – 1800 332 388
- Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
- Lifeline – 13 11 14