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The first victim of a horror bouncy castle tragedy has been named as a "beautiful, caring boy" after the jumping castle he and his schoolmates were on was suddenly blown 10 metres into the air in Australia.
The freak accident took place at an end of year celebration which turned into a disaster as it left five children dead and three others fighting for their life at Hillcrest Primary School, Devonport, Tasmania on Thursday.
Zane, a Year 6 student, was celebrating his last day at primary school when a "wind event" caused the jumping castle he was on to lift up off the ground before it crashed to the floor at around 10am, Daily Mail Australia reports.
His death has caused mass devastation as people remembered him as a "beautiful" and "gentle soul" in heartfelt tributes online.
A GoFundMe has been launched to help his family after their devastating loss, it read: "Zane was such a beautiful caring, gentle soul who had challenges growing up with his autism and ADHD but that never set him back he kept achieving.
"This has shook so many people and the community and we want to do anything to help make things a little easier for [his mum] at this hard time."
Another youngster – named Addison – was tragically killed in the accident, with a GoFundMe page describing her as "such a sweet kind, old soul".
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The catastrophic event caused heartbreaking scenes as parents were seen desperately trying to find out whether their children had survived as they panicked by the school gates.
It has been reported that four others have been hospitalised with three of them in a life-threatening condition, with one thought to have "serious" injuries.
An investigation is underway to identify how many children were on the bouncy castle at the time of the tragedy. Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine said: "On a day when these children were meant to be celebrating their 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."
One boy who witnessed the catastrophe unfold said it could have been him, The Mercury reports.
"It was our turn next," he said. "Grade five and six went first."
Bob Smith, who lives near the school, said he initially thought that the emergency services were undertaking a training exercise before he realised what had actually happened.
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"There was one really strong gust of wind on what is a beautiful calm day," as he described the moments leading up to the event.
It has been reported that counselling is being offered to families and first responders who are affected by the tragedy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison released a heart-wrenching tribute and 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."
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