The parents of the five children who died in Thursdays horrific bouncy castle tragedy were seen “sobbing on the ground”, according to eyewitnesses.
As well as the five deaths, three other youngsters are still fighting for their lives, having fallen 30ft when a gust of wind caught the inflatable.
The incident took place at Hillcrest Primary School in Tasmania, Australia, during an end-of-year Christmas event.
Police have confirmed that the five victims who died were in year six – aged between 11 and 12 years old.
The five victims were named earlier this morning – Addison Stewart, 11, Zane Mellor, 12, Jye Sheehan, 12, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, 12, and Peter Dodt, 12.
A local source told the Daily Mail that a colleague of his saw the incident after hearing sirens.
They said: “She first thought there was a shooting.
“She said the scene was horrific and confronting, with children everywhere on the ground.
“What got her the most was the parents sitting in the gutters, on the side of the road head in hands, crying.”
And another local, Bob Smith, told ABC that he saw the bouncy castle “go up” and heard a “bang”.
He added: “It was pretty traumatic.
“We’re a bit shaken. You don’t expect anything like that.
“The poor parents, I don’t know what they’re going to do."
Tributes have been paid to two of the five who died, as Zane was described as a “beautiful, caring boy”, and a fundraising page has been set up for his family.
Addison's aunt, known only as Meg, said that she was a “sweet, kind old soul”.
It has been reported that counselling is being offered to families and first responders who are affected by the tragedy after police were spotted at the scene consoling each other and the incident took place in full view of parents who were gathering at the school gates to collect their children.
Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison released a heart-wrenching tribute to those who died.
He said: “Young children on a fun day out, together with their families and it turns to such horrific tragedy. At this time of year, it just breaks your heart – it just breaks your heart.”
An investigation is underway to identify how many children were on the bouncy castle at the time of the tragedy.
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