Specialists to speak to Hillcrest witnesses

Specialized police officers from NSW have arrived in Tasmania to help interview the many young people who witnessed the Hillcrest Primary School tragedy.

Tributes are pouring in for Chace Harrison, 11, who died in hospital on Sunday, bringing the death toll to six from the jumping castle crash in Devonport.

Two children remain in critical condition at Royal Hobart Hospital, while another who was injured recovers at home.

Four forensic investigators arrived in Tasmania on Sunday evening and will begin their work on Monday.

Tasmanian Deputy Police Commissioner Jonathan Higgins said additional resources were needed given the large number of young and vulnerable witnesses.

About 40 students took part in the end-of-year celebrations at the elementary school when a gust of wind caught the jumping castle and sent it into the air 10 meters.

Police are investigating the circumstances with WorkSafe Tasmania and the two will report to the coroner.

“The current coronary artery inquest is not something we can comment on,” Higgins told reporters.

“We’re going to work methodically on the circumstances. The preparation, what happened then and after.”

Chace has been described as a highly regarded member of the Tasmanian basketball community.

“It is with the heaviest hearts that we say goodbye to our little warrior, Chace,” his club, the Devonport Warriors, said in a social media post.

“(To) all of your extended family, we envelop you in our hearts and offer our support in these most moving times. To all who have been touched by this tragedy, we walk with you in your grief.

“Chace, find a starlit basketball court and keep shooting those baskets!”

Devonport Christian School, where Chace was due to start high school next year, said he will always be remembered.

The police investigation, which is expected to take some time, will also collect evidence on the weather conditions at the time of the incident and on adherence to appropriate safety procedures.

The federal government recently announced that $ 800,000 would be released to fund trauma counseling services for the community and first responders.

The AFL has announced that a pre-season tribute and fundraising match between Hawthorn and Richmond will be held in Tasmania on March 5.

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