FOUR children have died and four others are fighting for their lives after falling 30ft from a bouncy castle that was caught in a gust of wind.
The tragedy happened after the inflatable was lifted into the air at a school on Australia's island state of Tasmania on Thursday.
The children who died included two boys and two girls in year six, aged 10 or 11 years old, said Tasmania police commissioner Darren Hine.
Five children are in hospital, including four in a critical condition, with police launching an investigation into the horrific incident.
The school was holding a celebration to mark the end of the school year.
Images published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation showed police officers consoling each other as paramedics provided first aid to victims.
Parents arrived at the school gate to collect their children as helicopters ferried the injured to hospitals.
Hine said: "On a day when these children were meant to be celebrating the last day of primary school, instead we’re all mourning their loss.
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“Our hearts are breaking for the families and the loved ones, schoolmates, teachers of these young people who were taken too soon.
“Our thoughts are also with those emergency services personnel who attended to try and save these people’s lives.”
Tasmania's premier Peter Gutwein said the tragedy was “devastating and heartbreaking.”
Mr Gutwein said: "It’s difficult for me to find the right words in such tragic circumstances.”
“I’m certain that I speak for all Tasmanians in extending my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and loved ones of everyone affected by today’s tragedy.”
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