A little girl, believed to be no older than four, sadly died when the giant inflatable castle appeared to explode.
She had been playing on the trampoline in a section of the beach called Bounce About, which also has an inflatable slide, traditional trampolines and a rodeo ride.
Witnesses described hearing ‘the most enormous bang’ and saw the girl ‘catapulted’ into the air before emergency services tried desperately to keep her alive with CPR, reports Daily Mail.
Kayla-Ann Weaver, who was sitting only metres away from the accident, said: ‘I cannot believe what I just witnessed on Gorleston beach. Never ever will I let my girls on a bouncy castle ever. My thoughts are with the little girls family.
‘I was right next to it the girls wanted to go on it I said no. I was sat next to it behind the barrier and I just heard a big bang and I turn around and a little girl in pink flew up and back down.
‘They did CPR on her straight away. She looked a lot younger than four-years-old.
‘It is terrible. Cherish every moment you never know what could happen in a blink of an eye.’
Owner Curt Johnson, 47, who was not present at the time of the tragedy, said the inflatable may have exploded in the heat.
Calls to ban
Politicians are now calling for a bouncy castle ban to prevent further deaths.
Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, Essex – where seven-year-old Summer Grant was killed when a bouncy castle blew free from its moorings in 2016 – wants politicians to consider a temporary ban.
He tweeted on Sunday evening: ‘After two horrific tragedies, Government need to look at update of regulations and inspection regime and consider a temporary ban on bouncy castles in public areas until we can be sure that they are safe.’
Mr Halfon has written to the speaker of the House of Commons requesting an urgent question on the matter on Monday.
Such a terrible tragedy.
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