Girl killed after beach inflatable 'exploded'

Gorleston beach

Gorleston beach

Bouncy castles in public areas should be temporarily banned following the death of a young girl thrown from a seaside inflatable, an MP said.

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

A post-mortem is due to take place following the tragedy on Gorleston beach in Norfolk on Sunday morning.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, led calls for a government review into the rules governing the use of inflatable castles.

He said: "There should be a temporary ban on bouncy castles in public areas until we can ensure they are safe".

The 3-year-old girl was playing on the inflatable bounce-house Sunday when the structure suddenly burst, throwing her into the air in the children's play area at a beach in Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk, England, according to reports.

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

A witness, Kayla-Ann Weaver, who was sitting just a few metres from where the incident took place, said she'd never let her girls play on a jumping castle, The Sun reports.

Lifeboat crews and nearby witnesses battled in vain to save the "seriously injured" youngster, who later died in the James Paget Hospital.

The child's next of kin have been informed.

"I know the family who look after the park and I know they look after their equipment", he said, but played down the suggestion the incident could be heat-related.

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

More than a dozen calls were made to the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, which responded to the scene in four minutes.

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