Boy, 8, still serious after bouncy castle fall

An 8-year-old Luggate boy seriously injured after falling from an inflatable obstacle course remains in a serious condition in Dunedin Hospital.

The boy was playing on the large blow-up climbing wall and bouncy castle at the Pisa Moorings Restaurant on January 23 when it was believed a freak gust of wind blew the course off its pegs and over the roof of the restaurant.

A witness said he thought the boy dropped about two metres before hitting his head on a concrete path about five metres away from where the inflatable course was.

"ElCedrico" commented on the Stuff website that "the wind was strong enough to rip the whole thing away from its ties which were pegged into the ground - 12 pegs in total".

"I was with the little boy and on the phone to the ambulance for the 20 minutes it took for them to get there. It was a very serious injury and he lost a lot of blood. My heart and thoughts are with him and his family and I hope him a full recovery."

The boy was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital with serious head injuries.

Yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said the boy remained in a serious condition in the children's unit.

The Hawea community will rally tonight to raise funds for the family, with proceeds from a quiz night as part of the annual Hawea Town versus Country Challenge going to the family.

An investigation into the incident was being held by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The Southland Times