The father of a boy who was tragically killed when a bouncy castle blew away last week remains in a coma and has no idea that his child has died, it is reported.
Jye Sheehan, 12, was one of five members of the Year 6 class at Hillcrest Primary School at Devonport, Tasmania, who were killed after falling 10 metres from the structure when a gust of wind lifted it from the ground.
The inflatable had been hired to celebrate their last day of school before it was suddenly unmoored by what witnesses described as a ‘mini-tornado’, leading to the deaths of Jye, Addison Stewart, 11, Zane Mellor, 12, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, 12, Peter Dodt, 12, and Chace Harrison, 11.
TheDaily Mail Australianow reports that Jye’s death is the second tragedy to strike his family in only a month after his dad Glen Sheehan was involved in a horrific accident in November that left him in a coma.
It means that he has no idea about what has happened to his boy, and missed his funeral which was held today (24 December).
A family member speaking to the newspaper described the awful double misfortune as a “delicate situation”, while family members have taken to Facebook to pay tribute.
One cousin wrote “Rest easy little man”, while another fondly recalled his sense of humour in writing: “He was such a happy young man full of so much energy and would make all the children laugh”.
Earlier this week a father of a 12-year-old boy said his son was "lucky to be alive" after being thrown off the castle moments before the children were swept away.
Beau Medcraft was thrown off just moments before the tragedy – and is now mourning the tragic loss of his six classmates.
His dad, John Medcraft, took to social media to share the details of his son's lucky escape, and to express his sadness for the victims who lost their lives.
He wrote: "He's bruised, busted and broken but he's still with us. He's more thinking of his mates he's lost and all of them. He's a tough kid."
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