A SIXTH child has died in hospital in Australia three days after a ‘minor tornado’ launched a 30ft high castle into the air.
The death of Chace Harrison, 11, came as two other children fought for their lives after fall from inflatable was lifted by a tornado during an end-of-term party in the town of Devonport, northern Tasmania.
Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine said: “It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm an 11-year-old boy passed away in hospital this afternoon.
“Our thoughts continue to go out to his family, the family and loved ones of all the children involved, during this incomprehensible difficult time.”
Three 12-year-old boys and two girls, aged 11 and 12, had previously died after a gust of wind blew the palatial castle into the air at a celebration marking the end of the school year.
Two other children remain in critical condition in hospital in the state capital Hobart, while one is recovering at home.
The tragedy has caused a wave of grief in the local community and across Australia.
Floral celebrations have grown outside of schools, with an online fundraiser for affected families raising more than £650,000.
On Friday afternoon, police released the names of his classmates who died in the disaster – Zane Mellor, Peter Dodt, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, all 12, and Addison Stewart, 11.
Authorities say initial eyewitness reports suggest the children were thrown from a height of about 33 feet.
Tasmanian authorities have begun an investigation into the incident, which they say will “take some time”.
Special police are being flown to the island state to assist in interviewing those present at the outdoor party, which was attended by about 40 primary school students.
Children were celebrating the last day of the term at Hillcrest Primary School near Devonport, Tasmania when the horrific accident happened.
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