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Young girl dies after being thrown from bouncy castle on Norfolk beach

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A three-year-old girl from Suffolk has died after being thrown from a seaside bouncy castle in Norfolk.

Officers were called to Lower Esplanade, Gorleston-on-Sea, at about 11.15am on Sunday

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

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The East of England Ambulance Service said it received more than a dozen calls about the incident.

A spokeswoman said: “We attended the incident this morning at Gorleston beach, involving a patient using inflatable equipment. More than a dozen calls were received at just after 11am, and several people at the scene including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) were providing assistance to the patient.

Several of our teams were dispatched, with the first on scene in four minutes. The young female was seriously injured and in cardiac arrest on our arrival, and was conveyed to James Paget Hospital. Sadly, despite all the of the efforts and interventions, she was pronounced deceased.

“We would like to thank everyone who rushed to respond the young patient, and did everything possible to give her treatment and care. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

Images of the scene show an area of the beach, with what appears to be crumpled canvas and abandoned deck chairs, cordoned off by police.

Uniformed officers are standing beside the fenced off area. There are also people in the background enjoying the hot weather.

Brandon Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth, tweeted: “Absolutely tragic, thoughts are with family & friends, just so sad.”

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

The incident is the latest in which a fun day out with giant inflatables has turned to tragedy.

Summer Grant died in March 2016. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Married fairground workers William Thurston, 29, and Shelby Thurston, 26 were jailed for 3 years in June, after 7-year-old Summer Grant was blown away in a bouncy castle they did not properly secure .

She was killed after a gust of wind lifted the inflatable from its moorings and sent it “cartwheeling” 300 metres down a hill at an Easter fair in Harlow, Essex, a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court had heard.

The couple, from Wilburton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, were both found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and of a health and safety offence following the incident in March 2016.

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