A DAY of celebration turned into every parents’ worst nightmare when a bouncy castle took off in high winds and hit a telegraph pole.
Three youngsters, two aged seven, and one aged nine, were playing on the bouncy castle at the time, while friends and relatives were celebrating a double christening at The White House Hotel.
Eyewitnesses said they heard screams and saw children lying on the floor as the drama unfolded on Sunday afternoon.
One nearby resident said: “I was watching the grand prix and heard loads of kids screaming.
“I looked up and there was the bouncy castle in mid-air.
“I saw kids on the floor – it was a bit of a shock.
“The air ambulance struggled to land in that wind and they closed the road off so you couldn’t get near.
“They struggled with the bouncy castle first thing this morning with it being so windy. It was very lucky
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where it landed, with the wind coming this way, that the telegraph pole is where it is.”
Police closed the road outside the pub while they waited for the Air Ambulance to land to take the most seriously injured youngster to hospital and the fire brigade had to be called out to untangle the debris of the bouncy castle from the telegraph pole.
The Whitby Gazette understands that the seven year old local lad suffered a broken rib, a punctured lung, a broken femur and also broke his arm in two places.
His nine year old brother was taken to Scarborough Hospital with a broken knee and a seven year old girl suffered head injuries and concussion and was also taken to hospital.
Police added: “North Yorkshire Police were called to the White House hotel in Whitby at 2.40pm following reports that a bouncy castle had broken free from its tether.
“There is no longer any police involvement with this investigation and the circumstances leading to the bouncy castle leaving its tether will be conducted by officers from the environmental health department at Scarborough Borough Council.”
The management at the White House issued a statement saying: “At this moment in time the thoughts of everybody at the White House are with the children and families concerned.
“In respect of that it is innappropriate for us to comment further while the children are still in hospital. Our best wishes go out to them.”