Investigation continues into Gorleston bouncy castle death

Gorleston beach accident

A girl has died after apparently being thrown from a bouncy castle, Norfolk police have said.

Police cordon on Gorleston beach.

A witness said the contraption made of canvas and air exploded, propelling the girl 20 feet into the air.

The UK has been experiencing a heatwave in recent days, with temperatures in the Norfolk reaching 23 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

After the incident, Robert Halfon, a member of parliament who represents the area, called for an "urgent investigation" into the regulation of inflatable trampolines.

Several ambulance teams were dispatched and the young patient was taken to the James Paget Hospital "in a serious medical condition".

The East of England Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "The young female was seriously injured and in cardiac arrest on our arrival, and was conveyed to James Paget Hospital".

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One eyewitness wrote on social media: "Inflatable trampoline just exploded on Gorleston beach with children on it".

Police were called to Lower Esplanade in Gorleston yesterday at around 11.15am following reports a child had been thrown from a bouncy castle.

Superintendent Roger Wiltshire, of Norfolk Police, said the incident was "just unimaginable".

"You come to a seaside town like Great Yarmouth and Gorleston for a day out, don't you, and as a dad, you know, we've spent many hours standing by a bouncy castle watching the kids jump up and down".

A joint investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), local authority and police.

Earlier this month, two fairground workers were jailed for manslaughter by gross negligence after a bouncy castle blew away with seven-year-old Summer Grant inside, in Essex in March 2016.

The inflatable had not been properly secured to the ground at an Easter fair, a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

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