Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tributes grow at Norfolk beach where girl died in inflatable trampoline explosion

Tributes grow at Norfolk beach where girl died in inflatable trampoline explosion

The incident happened at around 11am at Gorleston Beach in Norfolk, England, where temperatures were in excess of 20° Celsius.

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The little girl was catapulted six metres into the air.

Sarah Allard, who was at the scene, said she heard a loud bang as the bouncy castle "exploded" and propelled a girl 20ft into the air.

The girl was taken to the James Paget Hospital, where she died.

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

One witness said: "Just seen the most horrific thing in my life". The girl was seriously injured and suffered a cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived, frantically trying to keep her alive with CPR.

She was rushed to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead.

Brandon Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth, tweeted: 'Absolutely tragic, thoughts are with family & friends, just so sad'.

Police cordoned off a children's play area on Gorleston beach where people had been basking in the hot weather.

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Police and the Health and Safety Executive have confirmed they are leading a joint investigation into the girl's death.

The couple, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, were both found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and of a health and safety offence following the incident on March 26 2016.

A tragedy involving a bouncy castle and a little girl also took place in Mr Halfon's Harlow constituency, in Essex, two years ago.

"The witnesses report a loud bang before the incident but we don't know at this stage what caused the trampoline to apparently burst and that's the objective of the investigation that we will be undertaking over the next day or so".

Elizabeth Anne Collings, 68, and Claire Furmedge, 38, died after the Dreamspace artwork blew free in Chester-le-Street in July 2006.

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