Children Hurt In Bouncy Castle Accident

Inflatable Slide Set Loose At Swanage Carnival

04.08.2016

Saffron Otter, Press Officer | 0114 276 4666

A number of children were injured when an inflatable bouncy castle broke away from its mooring during a carnival in Dorset.

The children’s bouncy castle slide was set up for the Swanage Carnival, set up in Shore Road, and set loose around 13:40 BST.

Police said nine children were treated at the scene, and at least one child was taken to hospital. 

There have been conflicting reports about the number of children injured, as some children may have been treated by the carnival’s own medical staff.

South Western Ambulance Service said there was “nothing to suggest their injuries are serious.”

Dorset Police said the children treated at the scene had either "stayed to enjoy the afternoon or gone home". It said one child was taken to Poole Hospital and three had been taken to the minor injuries unit in Swanage.

Sally Rissbrook, serious injury expert at Irwin Mitchell, said: 

Expert Opinion
“We deal with lots of incidents involving children and it’s very sad to see. These children could have been seriously injured and we hope they recover well.

“Children’s safety is paramount and companies that are responsible for supplying equipment for their entertainment must ensure that their safety is put first. With the accident taking place at a busy carnival, extra checks should have been in place to ensure safety with the amount of children playing on the castle throughout the day.

“We hope they learn from this so as not to put any more children in danger.”

Sally Rissbrook, Partner