Girl, eight, is killed when strong wind lifts up bouncy castle at Spanish fairground

  • The girl was playing on the bouncy castle in Mislata when it was lifted into the air
  • She landed on her head when it hit the ground and was rushed to hospital
  • Eight other children were injured and police have launched an investigation 

An eight-year-old girl has died after strong winds lifted up a bouncy castle at a Spanish fairground, leaving eight other children injured.

The girl died was playing on the inflatable in Mislata near Valencia when it was lifted several feet into the air before she landed on her head when it hit the ground.

She died 12 hours later after she was rushed to La Fe Hospital in Valencia. 

An eight-year-old girl has died after strong winds lifted up a bouncy castle at a Spanish fairground, leaving eight other children injured

The girl died was playing on the inflatable in Mislata near Valencia when it was lifted several feet into the air

Another girl aged four was also seriously injured and remains in hospital. 

Seven other youngsters were hurt and required hospital treatment although their injuries were mostly described as non-serious.  

A police investigation is now underway to ascertain whether the incident was linked to any negligence. 

Mislata’s mayor Carlos Fernandez Bielsa said: ‘It will be up to the police to determine what has happened.’ 

A spokesman for local firefighters, who attended the scene along with police and paramedics, announced the news of the girl’s death.

Seven other youngsters were hurt and required hospital treatment although their injuries were mostly described as non-serious

A police investigation is now underway to ascertain whether the incident was linked to any negligence

They said: ‘Several children have been assisted by paramedics following an incident involving a bouncy castle in Mislata. 

‘We have checked the structure to make sure there were no other minors beneath it and rule out anyone being trapped.’ 

Mislata Town Hall said in a statement after learning of the death: ‘Following the tragic incident last night, we have declared a period of official mourning until January 7 because of the death of one of the girls involved. 

‘We would like to transmit our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the youngster who lost her life. She was only eight years old.’ 

A spokesman for local firefighters, who attended the scene along with police and paramedics, announced the news of the girl’s death

It also announced it was suspending a scheduled Three Kings Day parade. 

A similar incident in Australia last month caused the deaths of six children aged 11 and 12. 

Chace Harrison became the sixth youngster to die of his injuries after his life support was switched off at a Hobart Hospital on December 19. 

He was among nine students who fell 32 feet from an inflatable castle when it was lifted up by wind at a school fair in Devonport, Tasmania. 

The other five children who lost their lives have been named as 11-year-old Addison Stewart, and 12-year-olds Zane Mellor, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, and Peter Dodt. 

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