Young girl dies after being thrown from bouncy castle

Gorleston beach accident

Gorleston beach accident

A spokeswoman said: "We attended the incident this morning at Gorleston beach, involving a patient using inflatable equipment".

He said he had asked Parliament's speaker to allow him to bring up an unscheduled "urgent question" on the issue during Monday's session in the House of Commons. The inflated trampoline threw away the little girl in a pink dress as it exploded with a loud bang. "A bouncy castle exploded at the beach and the child on it was catapulted about 20ft into the air", one witness is quoted as saying.

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

Norfolk Police said officers were called to the scene at around 11.15am on Sunday and a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local council is under way. The girl was seriously injured and suffered a cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived, frantically trying to keep her alive with CPR.

One witness said: "Just seen the most horrific thing in my life".

She was rushed to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead.

Images from the scene showed police guarding a cordoned-off area with the deflated bouncy castle inside.

Uniformed officers stood guard by the fenced off area, while others in the background continued to enjoy the seafront on the sunny afternoon.

Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire said "there should be a product recall until we know what [caused] yesterday's tragic death".

It follows the death of a seven-year-old girl in 2016 when a bouncy castle broke free from its moorings in Harlow.

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.

The huge walk-in structure - half the size of a football pitch - took off in a gust of wind with 20 visitors inside.

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